Tag: AA Sabre dispute

Calling all travel agents – Do you have a strategy if AA pulls out (or is pushed out) of your GDS?

I know that many agencies, travel management companies (TMCs) and corporate travel managers are playing the “wait and see” game, but with the clock ticking down, if you haven’t thought about a game plan, now is the time. <div align=”center” style=”width:140px;border:1px solid #ccc; background: #040244; color: #F9F9FF;font-weight:bold;font-size:12px;”> <a style=”text-decoration: none; color:#F9F9FF;” href=”http://mycountdown.org/My_Countdown/My_Countdown/”>My Countdown </a></div>    […]

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“Making Nice” – What does it look like?

I have two children — a girl age 13 and a boy age 11.  In our house, we have a firm rule.  No tattling. We force them to “make nice” with each other, finding middle ground that works for both of them.  It is our hope that they are building lifelong negotiating skills.  We expect […]

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The winner of the “Statement of the Obvious Award” is AA’s Gerard Arpey

There is no secret to the fact that there is enormous revenue at risk here and enormous stakes in the outcome of these discussions with the GDSs, and that’s why, candidly, they have wound up in court, because we are trying to break some of these monopolistic practices.                 […]

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AMR American Airlines Stock may reach an all time low

The stock trading chart for AMR, the parent of American Airlines, looks like the downward trek from the summit of Mount Everest.  It last traded at $4.36, with today’s rates bouncing between $4.26 and $4.59.  The 52 week high is $8.98. This past week American announced the largest aircraft order in history with Boeing and Airbus.  Next […]

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Answer Series: AGENCY AND CLIENT PERSPECTIVE – What do I have to do if I have multiple GDS/booking sources?

In our industry, we are a complicated ecosystem.  When one part of the ecosystem makes a move, another part of the ecosystem is impacted. Our question today is “What do I have to do if I have multiple GDS/booking sources? There are significant operational implications to having multiple booking sources.  Everyone is impacted, from the […]

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Answer Series: Why do Travel Agencies have multiple GDSs?

This week’s series is inspired by the questions that I routinely get asked by the investment community.  Today’s question is “Why do travel agencies have multiple GDSs?” There are three Global Distribution System companies worldwide (Amadeus, Sabre and Travelport).  Travelport has three different GDS brands, Apollo, Galileo and Worldspan.  In the Asia/Pacific region, the Sabre […]

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Market Share has a new definition

Today’s blog is a discussion about the term “market share” when used in the travel distribution ecosystem context. Let me start by saying that prior to the advent of the Internet in the mid-90s, third party travel distribution was dominated by the Global Distribution Companies (GDS) and booking share was most easily estimated by the […]

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Travel Industry Pedigree Series: Travelocity

The Online Travel Agencies (OTA) are an important part of the travel distribution story.  Today’s feature is Travelocity. Travelocity’s pedigree is somewhat simpler than Expedia’s.    This is what we call the “come home to papa” story (with Papa being Sabre).   The story actually started a bit before the 1996 date shown in the graphic […]

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Travel Industry Pedigree Series: Expedia

The Online Travel Agencies (OTA) are an important part of the travel distribution story.  Today’s feature is Expedia. Expedia began as a skunk works project within Microsoft, with then 29 year old [dare I say “pup”], Rich Barton at the helm. Unlike its competitors over the years, there were NO airline investors in Expedia.  The […]

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Distribution Basics: Case in point – American Airlines (Part 2 of 3) Web and Direct Distribution

This is Part 2 in a 3 part series about airline distribution. Here we will talk about the web and direct distribution parts of the airline distribution equation.   The star in this story is American Airlines.  The supporting players are ITA Software (now owned by Google) and Farelogix (lead investor is Sandler Capital).   […]

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