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Tag: @travelport

What would US Air acquisition of AA mean to GDS disputes?

This is the multi-million dollar question.  The US GDS companies might hope that an acquisition of this size and scope would remove the focus of one or both carriers on the GDS dispute.  This might be true if US Airways had not gotten into the fray on what I will call “GDS Market Domination”, aka […]

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Travelport reinstates bonus program for employee – profits suffer

Travelport reported its 2011 results.  Net revenues were up for the full year at 2% over 2010, but operating income was down 27%.   In an interview with CEO Gordon Wilson, Travelport attributed the loss to the reinstatement of bonus programs for its employees. Travelport’s GDS transactions during the December quarter grew by 2 percent […]

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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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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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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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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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Answer Series: Why do Travel Agencies have multiple GDSs?

This week’s series is inspired by the questions that I routinely get asked by the investment community.  Today’s question is “Why do travel agencies have multiple GDSs?” There are three Global Distribution System companies worldwide (Amadeus, Sabre and Travelport).  Travelport has three different GDS brands, Apollo, Galileo and Worldspan.  In the Asia/Pacific region, the Sabre […]

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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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Market Share has a new definition

Today’s blog is a discussion about the term “market share” when used in the travel distribution ecosystem context. Let me start by saying that prior to the advent of the Internet in the mid-90s, third party travel distribution was dominated by the Global Distribution Companies (GDS) and booking share was most easily estimated by the […]

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