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 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 26, 2018

Activist Investor Takes Stake In Travelport To Explore 'Strategic Review'

Entities affiliated with activist investor Paul Singer have accumulated nearly a 12 percent position in global distribution system operator Travelport, and plan to urge a strategic review of the company and explore a potential sale of Travelport or its assets, according to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission disclosure filed Monday. 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 20, 2018

Travelport Readies New Desktop App, APIs For Agency NDC Access

Now that Travelport is certified at the highest level as a New Distribution Capability aggregator and is working with several airlines to implement NDC-based connections, the global distribution system operator is readying options for agency subscribers to access new airline content flows, CEO Gordon Wilson said. Read More »
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Posted February 8, 2018

CWT Nabs Travelport's Hyden, Adding More Exec Power To RoomIt Business

Travelport veteran Scott Hyden is departing the global distribution system operator to join Carlson Wagonlit Travel's nascent RoomIt division next week. Travelport confirmed his departure, and CWT confirmed his arrival. 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 12, 2018

BEAT SHEET: Corporate Travel Outlook; Sabre's Court Costs; DOT Rule Backlash; Radius Activity

The Beat Sheet is an occasional collection of notes, quotes, musings, tips, reader comments and other tidbits from The Beat's writers. Read More »
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