Posted May 10, 2018

Amadeus Shakes Up Executive Roles In North America

Amadeus this year has restructured its executive organization in North America. Several C-suite leaders in the region—including CEO, chief marketing officer and COO—have or are in the midst of departing. Those C-level roles in North America no longer exist as part of a broader reorganization. Read More »
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Posted May 4, 2018

Amadeus Reports 'Strong' GDS Bookings, But Western Europe Falls On Share Shift

Total first-quarter bookings processed through Amadeus' global distribution system rose 3.4 percent year over year to 177 million, as airline bookings rose nearly 4 percent to 160 million and non-air bookings increased 1 percent to 17 million. The Spain-based travel distribution and IT company reported its own air booking growth was in line with total GDS industry levels, according to its quarterly earnings report Friday. Read More »
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Posted March 30, 2018

Amadeus, Travelport Finalize Private Channel Deals With Air France-KLM

Amadeus and Travelport this week confirmed they have individually reached private-channel agreements with Air France-KLM. Read More »
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Posted March 23, 2018

IATA 'Leader Board' Airlines Get Ready To Push Real NDC Transaction Volume

IATA is establishing a program for what it called Leader Board airlines engaged with NDC. These carriers each will commit to delivering at least 20 percent of their volume through NDC-capable application programming interfaces by 2020. Read More »
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Posted March 19, 2018

GDSs Advance Private Channel Discussions With Air France-KLM

With less than two weeks to go before Air France-KLM enacts an 11 euro per-way surcharge on global distribution system bookings, the Franco-Dutch airline group remains in discussions with GDS operators on private-channel arrangements that could shield select travel agencies from the fee. Read More »
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Posted March 15, 2018

Do GDS Contracts Inflate Airfares? A Few U.S. Majors Say Yes

Next month, Lufthansa Group will begin selling its "best fares" exclusively through direct channels. British Airways, too, has plans to withhold some price points for short-haul fares from the traditional agency channel. Several major U.S. airlines would like to do the same, if only they weren't bound by global distribution system contract provisions that Lufthansa, BA and other European airlines have declined. Read More »
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Posted March 8, 2018

Sabre To Retire Mainframes By Year-End 2023, Joining First-Mover Amadeus

Sabre by the end of 2023 will migrate all its systems off IBM's Transaction Processing Facility mainframe operating system and onto more modern, open, cloud-based systems, the company told investors this week. It will join Amadeus, which retired its last mainframe last year. Read More »
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Posted February 28, 2018

Amadeus Added 5 Percentage Points Of GDS Air Share In Past Five Years

Growth in travel agency airline bookings processed through Amadeus' global distribution system once again outpaced industry rates last year, according to the company. In the past decade, Amadeus has consistently picked up GDS airline market share and, in the past five years alone, has added 5 percentage points to its competitive position. Read More »
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Posted January 26, 2018

Which GDS Finds The Lowest Fare? Depends On The Study

Of all the global distribution systems, Sabre will find the lowest fare more often than the competition, at least according to analysis Sabre commissioned and announced this week. Not surprisingly, competitors disputed the conclusions and quibbled with the methodology of the study, conducted by Munich-based consultancy Dr. Fried & Partner
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Posted January 5, 2018

Evercore Equity Analysts See Huge Competitive Advantages For Amadeus, Downgrade Competitors

Evercore ISI equity analysts this week upgraded the outlook for Amadeus but lowered outlooks for its primary competitors: Sabre and Travelport. Read More »
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