Tag: Amadeus

Throwback Thursday – The Future of the GDS (written in 2001)

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Success Soup – D is for DARE to Differentiate

For my regular readers, I want to apologize for missing day four of the new series.  Sometimes life just gets in the way.  Miss the first post in this new series – Alphabet Soup of Success?  Click HERE and go back to the beginning. ——————————————————————- The next letter in our Alphabet Soup of Success is […]

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What would you say if I said that it just doesn’t matter who is in fact the biggest GDS?

 Consistently, as I look at the statistics on my blog, one of the top blogs is the one where I talk about the biggest GDS (Global Distribution System) company. The three main players are Sabre (based in Dallas), Amadeus (based in Madrid) and Travelport (based in Atlanta with executive offices in the UK). However, yesterday, […]

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Is the Sabre IPO ominous for the GDS industry?

This week, Bloomberg announced that Sabre raised $627 million in its IPO. Actually I don’t think you should be allowed to call it an Initial Public Offering when you have already been public once.  It should be an SPO.  The former unit of AMR Corp. was traded on the New York Stock Exchange from 1996 […]

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OK, who is REALLY the biggest GDS?

As I look back through all of my blogs, the second most popular one is “Who is the biggest GDS”. (For those wondering what the first most popular blog was, it was the one “To Delta Airlines:  I would have built the website for $80 million…..“). Well, it is time to put this argument to […]

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GDS and airline executives exposed as being the backup band for the Seekers

Don’t you miss the good old days in the travel industry when everyone liked one another?   When American and United respectively (and respectfully) built Sabre and Apollo (now operating under the Travelport banner) and changed the travel agency industry forever? I think I hear Sam Gilliland and Tom Horton both playing ukelele on this rendition […]

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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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The Online/Brick and Mortar agency gap is widening on domestic ticket sales

As the GDS/Airline battle is being waged in a courtroom in a state district court in Texas, I’d like to take this opportunity to put to rest the discussion about the profitability of airline direct versus the GDS driven agency channel.   This is the first in a series of blogs this week about the […]

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Amadeus 1H2011 Profits up 12.2%

Amadeus announces first half financial results for 2011 Year-on-year first half highlights (six months ended June 30, 2011) * Adjusted profit1 increased 12.2% to €263.7 million * Revenue2 grew 3.9% to €1,389.0 million, or 5.8% on a comparable basis3 * EBITDA4 rose 6.0%5 to €572.1 million * Net debt decreased 26.3% by €675.5 million to […]

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Who is the biggest GDS?

I am now going to shift gears away from online technology and the role that they play in the travel distribution ecosystem to a topic that I have been personally intrigued with since I wrote my first book on Global Distribution in 1999.   That topic is GDS Share. As background:  Last week, I wrote a […]

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