Posted November 1, 2018

Travelport GDS Segments Fall On 'Customer Headwinds'

Global distribution system segments processed by Travelport—including air, hotel, car and rail—fell 4 percent year over year during the third quarter amid "customer headwinds," the company reported Thursday. Read More »
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Posted July 31, 2018

Sabre Reports GDS Share Gains, Solid Travel Demand

Total bookings processed through the Sabre global distribution system rose nearly 8 percent year over year during the second quarter to 141 million. Sabre got a big boost from Australia-based Flight Centre, which in the past year finished converting GDS business in Australia and New Zealand from Travelport to Sabre. 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 May 3, 2018

Travelport Quiet On Activist Investor As Q1 Revenue Rises, GDS Segments Fall

Following prepared remarks from executives on Travelport's first-quarter earnings call Thursday, CEO Gordon Wilson preempted questions on the stake that entities affiliated with activist investor Paul Singer took in the company. That investment was revealed in late March. Read More »
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Posted April 13, 2018

Survey: Agents Happy With GDSs, Bullish On Travel Volume

Travel agents in the U.S., U.K., Australia and New Zealand generally are pleased with the functionality, including searchability, of their global distribution system providers and consider their countries' economies strong enough to support increasing travel spending, according to a new Cowen survey of travel agents in those countries. Read More »
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Posted April 2, 2018

As Distribution Evolves, Europe Opens Complex Review Of GDS Regulations

The European Commission is reviewing "all provisions" of its code of conduct for computerized reservations systems, which is the governing regulation for global distribution systems in the European Union. 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 February 14, 2018

Sabre Sees Plenty Of Airlines Committing To Full Content, Despite European Outliers

Sabre signed more than 40 airlines to full content global distribution agreements in 2017, demonstrating "that many carriers around the world like the model the way it is," Sabre president and CEO Sean Menke said during the company's fourth-quarter earnings call. Read More »
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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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Posted November 17, 2017

Most Of The Top U.K. TMCs Cut Deals On BA Surcharge

Most of the top 10 travel management companies in the U.K. have confirmed they've reached deals to waive British Airways' global distribution system surcharge for clients. Many of the TMCs, including the largest, described their arrangements as private-channel deals, the model facilitated by GDSs to shield customers from the airline's fee of 8 British pounds per fare component. Read More »
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