Tag: airline GDS debate

Making Sense of Airline Distribution Noise – International Transaction Volume

Over the last two days we took a look at US travel agency sales of domestic airline tickets. Today, we are going to look at the international air transaction volume by agency channel. Thanks to the Airlines Reporting Corporation (known as ARC) for providing the data for today’s post.  As a reminder, ARC settles transactions […]

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Making Sense of the Airline Distribution Noise – Domestic Airline Revenue Segmentation

On Wednesday, we began a series of looking at the noise in the press, the courts and even on Capitol Hill regarding airline ticket distribution.  The GDS companies are at the center of the debate.  Global Distribution Systems are the tool that is used by most agencies to access airline inventory and to manage the […]

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Making Sense of the Airline Distribution Noise – Domestic Air Transaction Volume by Channel

Yesterday we took a look at the average airfares per channel, but viewed in isolation, those numbers are not as meaningful. Today, we are going to look at the domestic air transaction volume by agency channel.  I would like to thank the Airlines Reporting Corporation (known as ARC) for providing the data for today’s post. […]

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Clarification in terminology – Direct Connect or Supplier Direct

Thanks to Jim Davidson for his comments on The Beat on my post on Channel Shift (see below for his comments in italics).  Jim is right.  There are two things at issue here.  DIRECT CONNECT – Farelogix provides a technology solution to suppliers which they refer to as the “Direct Connect Distribution Model” that allows […]

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The Power Base Has Shifted – Keep an eye on GOOGLE

For over 25 years, the Global Distribution System companies dominated travel distribution globally, aggregating an amazing audience of travel professionals (and by virtue of that connection, their customer base).  That was the way distribution was done. Well, whether you like it or not, as our old friend Bob Dylan said “The times, they are a’ […]

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Let the [passive segment] games begin! Travelport sets the bar at $3.75

Travelport just sent out this notice: Important Travelport Policy Update Regarding Passive Air Segments August 16, 2011 Travelport’s strategy is to be the leading provider of informed travel choice by aggregating the widest possible depth and breadth of travel content and making it fully available to search, shop and book. To reflect this ongoing investment […]

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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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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: GDS PERSPECTIVE – What do I have to do if my agency customers have multiple GDS/booking sources?

Our question today is “What do I have to do if I have multiple GDS/booking sources?”  While this question is asked from the agency perspective, today we are looking at this issue from its impact on the GDS. As we covered earlier in the week, agencies have had multiple booking sources for a very long […]

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Answer Series: AIRLINE PERSPECTIVE – What do I have to do if agency distributors 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 agency distributors have multiple GDS/booking sources?”    According to an ASTA Survey on GDS use in 2010, 13% of agencies have more than […]

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