Posted August 30, 2018

CWT Sidelines Travelport With New Amadeus And Sabre Deals

This morning, Amadeus announced Carlson Wagonlit Travel entered into "a multi-year renewal and expansion of a long-term business partnership." Sabre, too, inked CWT to "a new long-term agreement that broadens their long-standing business partnership and deepens the companies' close collaboration on technological innovations being developed for mutual growth and success." Read More »
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Posted August 15, 2018

Amadeus And Travelport Try To Distance Themselves From 'GDS' Moniker

Amadeus and Travelport have long provided systems that facilitate the distribution of travel content on a global basis. Yet, each has distanced itself from the "global distribution system" tag and all the baggage that comes with it. Read More »
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Posted August 2, 2018

IBM And Travelport Team Up On Corporate Travel Data Product

IBM and Travelport are launching a jointly developed data system for corporate travel programs that blends IBM Watson artificial intelligence capabilities with Travelport's real-time shopping and historical fare data. Read More »
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Posted July 18, 2018

Amadeus Reaches Settlement On GDS Class Action Suit

Amadeus has reached a settlement agreement with consumer plaintiffs in a federal antitrust lawsuit filed in 2015 against the three major global distribution system operators. If the court approves the settlement, as it did for fellow GDS operator Travelport, Sabre would be left as the lone GDS defendant in the case, which seeks class-action status. Read More »
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Posted May 23, 2018

Qantas Lines Up Travelport, CTM And Serko For NDC Connections

Qantas this week announced that a few partners have agreed to access content through its new Farelogix-powered application programming interface that is based on the International Air Transport Association's New Distribution Capability standard. 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 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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