Tag: AA

The Zombies vs the Dinosaurs: The Battle of the Century?




Zombie image courtesy of Farelogix (airplane made out of dollar bill and dinosaur courtesy of Solutionz Media) Thanks to Jim Davidson of Farelogix for the fodder for my blog today.  It had been a little while since I’d taken time to write and I so love new inspiration! The Global Distribution System companies (aka GDS […]

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Retrospective: eCommerce Pioneers, A Story Worth Telling by Max Hopper




Click here to order A decade ago, I wrote a book about the History of Global Travel Distribution, with the sub-title eCommerce Pioneers.  Max Hopper (who passed away Jan 25th) wrote the introduction for my book. A Story Worth Telling, by Max Hopper Business histories are vitally important because they relate how an individual or […]

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Outcome of the battle looking like 2006?




Today, fresh from a week in Cape Coral, Florida on holiday with my family, I started catching up on my email and came across my issue of The Beat (a subscription newsletter that you should check out if you follow the travel industry).   It contained an interview with industry attorney, Mark Pestronk. Mark made a […]

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AA/BA Merger?




Could another big airline merger take off? The president of American Airlines‘ parent company hopes so. In the New York Times Deal Book today, Michael De La Merced wrote:  Thomas W. Horton, president of the AMR Corporation, told The Times of London that he hoped to see a merger of his company with the International […]

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American Airlines hit hard in yesterday’s stock tumble




I want to thank those of you who have been faithfully reading the Distribution-Solutionz blog.  My day job is pulling me to sweltering Dallas, TX today and tomorrow, so I’m taking a bit of a break today and tomorrow from blogging. As I sit here in Tampa airport and I check yesterday’s stocks for the […]

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Compete’s June stats show that Airline Direct is on the rise




The June visitor stats are out on Compete.com.  While the growth in airline direct is not meteoric, it is in fact on the rise.  If only airline stocks and market caps would follow! LEAD in GROWTH over MAY:  CO/UA LEAD in YOY GROWTH:   AA LEAD in Unique Visitors:   Southwest LEAD in Market Cap:  Southwest […]

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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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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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News Flash: AA Gerard Arpey “All we need is $10 more per passenger per day”




Click here to read full article I can’t resist commenting on the Wall Street Journal’s article last week on American Airlines, entitled “American Air Strains for Lift”. In the article, authors Susan Carey and Timothy W. Martin cite the fact that AA has “racked up $11.6 billion in losses in the past decade, and hasn’t […]

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