Tag: Worldspan

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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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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The Shifting Distribution Landscape – Kayak gets bigger value than Worldspan




To set the stage, we don’t have a lot of billion dollar transactions in the travel space.  So before you chide me for comparing the Kayak acquisition to the Worldspan acquisition in 2007, hear me out. Just six years ago, Travelport announced its intention to purchase Worldspan for $1.4bn.  Yesterday Priceline acquired eight-year old Kayak […]

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Does the Travelport contract extension put pressure on AA/Sabre to kiss and make up?




    Last Friday, while the Republicans and Democrats were hashing out the debt crisis in Washington, a quiet announcement was made in Dallas that AA and Travelport had come to a truce.  By definition, a truce is not full resolution of the battle, but at least Apollo, Galileo and Worldspan agencies will have a […]

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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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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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Travel Industry Pedigree Series: Orbitz (Updated March 2014)




UPDATED  – March 12, 2014 Well, in the world of travel distribution on the OTA side of the equation, if Travelocity was the “come home to papa” story, then Orbitz is the “child running as far away from the parents as possible” story.   Well, at least one of its parents….  more on that later. Orbitz […]

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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: And what role do the GDSs play? Part 3 of 3 (otherwise known as You Get What You Pay For) CORRECTED




This is part 3 of 3 in the discussion about the distribution portfolio of American Airlines. In the previous two posts, we’ve looked at the internal CRS environment of the airline (which for AA is Sabre’s Airline Solutions) and we’ve looked at the technology necessary on the consumer front to power the website and to […]

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