Posted August 5, 2011

Former NWA CEO Takes Seat On Travelport Board

As CEO of Northwest Airlines from October 2004 through October 2008, Doug Steenland oversaw a carrier that embraced new distribution technologies and helped change the economic model to the benefit of airlines. Effective this week, he's sitting on the board of Travelport, a GDS operator that presumably would prefer to forestall another round of upheaval.

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Posted by: Jay Boehmer | More by Jay Boehmer
Posted June 16, 2009

Delta/Northwest A Confusing Marriage So Far

The merger of Delta and Northwest is sure confusing if you are flying on a Northwest flight. I just flew from Denver to Memphis. Because I am in the industry I knew this has always been a Northwest flight. (I know very little else about the airline industry, but I do know where hubs are and who flies where.) My ticket said Delta. Read More »
Posted by: Robert Polk | More by Robert Polk
Posted April 21, 2009 - Danbury, Conn.

Delta Also Wants Distribution Cost Reversal

Another airline CEO is suggesting that the distribution cost structure is backwards. Read More »
Posted by: David Jonas | More by David Jonas
Posted February 5, 2009 - New York City

Lenza Joins United

Longtime Northwest Airlines executive Al Lenza is taking a position with United Airlines. Read More »
Posted by: Jay Campbell | More by Jay Campbell
Posted October 30, 2008 - New York City

New Delta Plans To 'Review' And Discuss GDS Agreements

Delta Air Lines plans to review terms and conditions of its global distribution system agreements and negotiate with the providers following the closing of its merger with Northwest Airlines on Wednesday, a spokeswoman confirmed. Read More »
Posted by: Jay Campbell with reporting by David Jonas | More by Jay Campbell
Posted October 16, 2008 - New York City

New Delta To Move Northwest To Deltamatic For Reservations

After Delta Air Lines merges with Northwest Airlines, the pair will use Delta's Deltamatic reservation system, a spokeswoman confirmed. The decision comes after the company initially leaned toward the Northwest system. Both are operated by Travelport Read More »
Posted by: Jay Campbell | More by Jay Campbell
Posted April 15, 2008

NBTA Poll: Buyers Pessimistic on Air Merger

Just one in five buyer members of the National Business Travel Association see domestic airline consolidation as a "positive development for the business travel community," according to an NBTA poll of 207 conducted during the first quarter. Twice as many thought consolidation between U.S. airlines and foreign carriers would be positive. Download more survey details here.

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Posted by: Jay Campbell | More by Jay Campbell
Posted April 15, 2008 - Danbury, Conn.

Delta-Northwest Merger A Mixed Bag for Buyers

Telegraphed for months, Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines last night formally announced plans to merge. If approved by regulators and shareholders, the transaction would create a combined carrier called Delta, headquartered in Atlanta and led by current Delta CEO Richard Anderson. It would generate $35 billion in annual revenue--making it the world's largest. While much work remains to cement the deal--heralded by the two carriers as "pro-competitive" and "complementary," with an eye on cre Read More »
Posted by: David Jonas | More by David Jonas
Posted February 13, 2008

Getting Pilots Onboard

Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines have engaged their pilots unions in discussions on the seemingly imminent merger proposal between the two airlines, according to published reports. That's probably a good idea. Read More »
Posted by: David Jonas | More by David Jonas
Posted July 23, 2007 - Boston

Continental, Delta, Northwest Launch Portal With G2, Amadeus

Domestic U.S. SkyTeam alliance partners Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines today announced a new booking portal for corporate clients. Furnished by G2 SwitchWorks and Amadeus, SkyCorp Direct has been on the drawing board for two years and represents an evolution from the carriers' individual portal strategies. Officials said the site went live last month and is already used by several companies.

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Posted by: David Jonas | More by David Jonas
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