Articles tagged “global distribution systems”

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Southwest Airlines Expands Booking Access and Content in the GDS to Reach More Business Travelers

Southwest Airlines Expands Booking Access and Content in the GDS to Reach More Business Travelers

Southwest Airlines + Skift

Southwest Airlines is upping its corporate travel game by significantly expanding its presence in the global distribution system (GDS) network. This is set to enhance the relationship between the airline and its corporate buyers and agencies.

2 weeks ago

Travelport Gets Stiffed by Coronavirus as Wex Walks Away From $1.7 Billion Payments Deal

Travelport Gets Stiffed by Coronavirus as Wex Walks Away From $1.7 Billion Payments Deal

Dennis Schaal, Skift

It is likely back to square one for Travelport, which has tried to sell its hottest commodity, payments provider eNett, for years. It's possible another buyer may emerge, but at a price far below the $1.7 billion deal that the parties struck in a now-vaporized bygone era.

3 weeks ago

Travel Bellwether Amadeus’ Booking Data Reveals the Industry’s Scars

Travel Bellwether Amadeus’ Booking Data Reveals the Industry’s Scars

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Amadeus has seen a dramatic drop in the plane tickets booked and passengers processed through its systems. Its latest results show the broader impact on carriers worldwide and signal the wallop still awaiting.

3 weeks ago

Coronavirus Might Hobble Sabre’s Travel Tech Ambitions for Months

Coronavirus Might Hobble Sabre’s Travel Tech Ambitions for Months

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Sabre is a bellwether for the global travel industry as a major processor of transactions for airlines and hotels. The picture isn't pretty. But the company looks capable of weathering a delayed resumption in travel.

4 weeks ago

Travelsky Puts On a Brave Face as Chinese Flight Demand Slowly Rebounds

Travelsky Puts On a Brave Face as Chinese Flight Demand Slowly Rebounds

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Travelsky, China's travel technology giant, said it will weather the coronavirus-related plunge in air travel without needing to lay off workers. Remarkably, in January it added a tool to its popular flight app that alerts a traveler if another passenger is later tested and found to have coronavirus.

2 months ago

Amadeus Highlights Meager 1 Percent Air Traffic Growth in 2020 Outside China

Amadeus Highlights Meager 1 Percent Air Traffic Growth in 2020 Outside China

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Amadeus, the world's largest provider of ticket distribution and operational software for airlines, is a bellwether for the sector. It had a weak February, but it expects a rebound later this year. The outlook for airlines, however, is less optimistic.

3 months ago

Travelport’s New CEO Lays Out Bold Plan for a Tech Overhaul

Travelport’s New CEO Lays Out Bold Plan for a Tech Overhaul

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Travelport CEO Greg Webb tells us that the travel distribution giant's private equity investors support a major technology overhaul and that it will involve minimal heartache for agencies. It'll be notable if Travelport's backers defy the reputation of private equity investors for mercilessly extracting value.

3 months ago

Sabre to Boost Its Travel Tech Investment by $150 Million This Year

Sabre to Boost Its Travel Tech Investment by $150 Million This Year

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Sabre CEO Sean Menke is right to highlight the progress his business has made during the three years since he took the top job. He's also right to insist the company needs to invest more in tech to keep up with the travel industry's pace of digital change. But will investors be patient?

3 months ago

Sabre and Farelogix Leave Merger in Judge’s Hands as the Justice Department Rests Case

Sabre and Farelogix Leave Merger in Judge’s Hands as the Justice Department Rests Case

Sean O'Neill, Skift

A federal judge heard closing arguments in the U.S. government's antitrust suit to block Sabre's acquisition of Farelogix. Inside the courtroom, Judge Leonard Stark's comments didn't show his hand. The case seems a close call.

4 months ago

What the Sabre-Farelogix Antitrust Trial Could Reveal About Airline Technology

What the Sabre-Farelogix Antitrust Trial Could Reveal About Airline Technology

Sean O'Neill, Skift

It's notable that we had a much easier time finding experts who supported Sabre's proposed merger of Farelogix than opponents. But this court case will be decided on legal nuances, and its outcome is impossible to predict. We pity the judge who has to endure this crash course in airline technology and distribution.

4 months ago

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Intelligent Scheduling Will Drive the Next Frontier of Improving Customer Experience

Intelligent Scheduling Will Drive the Next Frontier of Improving Customer Experience

Sabre + Skift

Airlines have invested in making many of their offerings increasingly data-driven in recent years. Yet they haven’t taken the same approach to schedules, one of their preeminent products.

6 months ago

Sabre Predicts Clear Skies for Its Airline Distribution and Tech Businesses

Sabre Predicts Clear Skies for Its Airline Distribution and Tech Businesses

Sean O'Neill, Skift

To paraphrase Sabre executives, airlines in North America are too fat and happy to be bothered to mimic the experiments with direct distribution happening in Europe. They're probably calling that right.

7 months ago