Posted April 11, 2016

Save The Date For The Beat Live 2016

Please mark your calendar for the ninth annual The Beat Live conference, to be held Oct. 18-20 at the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile. Read More »
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Posted November 20, 2008

Airlines To Chicago: Stop ORD Expansion

On the day Chicago commissioned its first new runway since 1971 as part of a a $15 billion O'Hare Modernization Plan announced in 2001, the Chicago Tribune reported that six major airlines have asked the city and the Federal Aviation Administration to "halt the next phase of the ambitious expansion project" that includes more new runways and a new terminal. Read More »
Posted April 4, 2012 - Chicago

GetThere Releases New Interface

Sabre's GetThere last month released its first new user interface in four years. It is designed to make it easier and faster for travelers to use mobile, tablet or desktop devices to book travel and access Sabre Virtual Meetings and integrated expense tools, and for travel managers to reinforce preferred suppliers with targeted promotional advertising. Read More »
Posted May 13, 2011 - Chicago

ARC's Premo Bets On AA

The industry is not giving due regard to American Airlines' Direct Connect plan to reinvent its indirect distribution structure, perhaps mistaking the move for a scheme designed to influence global distribution system negotiations, according to incom Read More »
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Posted March 24, 2011 - Chicago

Hilfman 'Concerned' About United's Discounting Mix, 'OK' With Distribution Costs

After a long winter helping to plot the integration of Continental and United airlines, United senior vice president of worldwide sales Dave Hilfman said more signs of the merger should start to appear this spring Read More »
Posted January 7, 2011 - Chicago

AA: Travelport Nixed Southwest-Style Deal Because AA Created GDS 'Beast'

One of American Airlines' unanswered arguments in its infamous distribution position is that there's no reason it shouldn't have a deal like the one Southwest Airlines has with Travelport, where the airline uses an application programming interface to connect and more of the cost is borne by agency subscribers.

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Posted by: Jay Campbell with reporting by Mary Ann McNulty | More by Jay Campbell
Posted January 6, 2011 - Chicago

AA: Orbitz Misled On Direct Connect Interest, Became Highest-Cost OTA

Before the recent falling out, Orbitz for more than two years represented to American Airlines that it was interested and able to participate in the airline's Direct Connect program, according to sworn testimony last month during the AA-Travelport court case in Cook County, Ill. This was important for AA since Orbitz had become, by far, the most expensive online travel agency, according to the airline's managing director of distribution and merchandising strategy, Bridget Blaise-Shamai.

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Posted by: Jay Campbell with reporting by Mary Ann McNulty | More by Jay Campbell
Posted December 22, 2010 - Chicago

AA Signs Direct Connect Deal With OTA, Sources Name Priceline

American Airlines has landed a Direct Connect agreement with an online travel agency, and sources say it's Priceline. Officials with American and Priceline declined to confirm or deny the information.

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Posted December 15, 2010 - Chicago

AA-Travelport Case: Agreements Prevent Orbitz From Signing New Direct Connect Deals

Attorneys for American Airlines are expected to resume cross-examination of Travelport chief commercial officer Kurt Ekert today in Cook County Circuit Court, in the case that Travelport filed against American last month.

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Posted October 18, 2010 - Chicago

GUEST: Marc Rosenberg On Airlines, GDSs And Direct Connect

Former Air Canada sales and distribution executive Marc Rosenberg may be semi-retired, but he remains full of opinions. As a panelist on a session at The Beat Live here last month about airline and global distribution system company relationships, and airline direct connections, Rosenberg threw a lot of bombs. And this is saying something at a conference where an audience member during the very first hour yelled, "That's bullshit." Speaking later that day, Rosenberg showed he calls it like he se Read More »
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