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Tag: AMR

Sympathy for American Airlines? I must be going soft….

American Airlines now talking Direct-Connect with American Express, no deal though | Tnooz (click link to read original TNooz article) As I prepare to moderate the Direct Connect HOT Seat panel next week at GBTA in Denver, a light has actually come on for me. After I read the article by Kevin May at Tnooz […]

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I feel like we are watching a slow motion train wreck

American Airlines reassures agencies over Sabre impasse | Tnooz (click here to read Tnooz article) The interesting thing about this whole debate is that the whole argument about “direct connect” is really about “GDS bypass”.  This is NOT a discussion about technology folks.  It is – plain and simple – a business model issue. There […]

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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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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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AMR American Airlines Stock may reach an all time low

The stock trading chart for AMR, the parent of American Airlines, looks like the downward trek from the summit of Mount Everest.  It last traded at $4.36, with today’s rates bouncing between $4.26 and $4.59.  The 52 week high is $8.98. This past week American announced the largest aircraft order in history with Boeing and Airbus.  Next […]

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Distribution Basics: Who has the power? (corrected version)

Following our assessment yesterday of the distribution basics for an airline, we thought it would be  interesting to look at the metrics that are used to gauge the relative power of companies in the public markets and see how they might relate to the power in the distribution game in travel. Here we use Market […]

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Distribution Battles: AA and Sabre – I can hear the engines revving

  Of my 30+ year career in the travel industry, 13 years of my career were spent with the GDS companies.  Since 1996, I have been doing strategic consulting to companies throughout the travel ecosystem value chain on the nuances of multi-channel distribution, both from a technology and a business model perspective. To order a […]

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