Tag: Sabre

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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Corporate side of INVESTMENT – Turn up the dial or turn it off




This week, in addition to writing about Entrepreneurialism, I have been cleaning out my office and have been going through old notebooks from my consulting days.  There is some fascinating stuff. One thing that hit me when reviewing my notes from 2000 was a comment made by an executive in one of my client companies […]

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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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Flashback 1995 – This is not a drill. This is not a drill.




Retrospective – Part 3 of a 4 part series (for Part 2 click HERE) In my last blog, we talked about how mini-computers impacted the travel ecosystem and how they helped travel agencies consolidate booking information from multiple sources for reporting and accounting purposes. They vastly improved productivity, accuracy and timeliness and were especially useful […]

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