Posted June 29, 2005 - New York City

Cendant Considering Alt-GDS Acquisition

Cendant Corporation president and CFO Ronald Nelson today confirmed that the company is considering 'tuck-in acquisitions' in areas that include 'alternative GDS technology.' Cendant has been rumored to be courting ITA Software; other companies sometimes called global distribution system alternatives include G2 SwitchWorks and Farelogix, although both reject the label. Read More »
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Posted June 28, 2005 - New York City

JetBlue Expanding Corporate-Travel Links

Following its decision last year to exit the only remaining global distribution system in which it participated, JetBlue Airways this year is building connections to the corporate market for both bookings and payment. The company today joined the Universal Air Travel Plan in announcing that it would accept UATP payments; in a separate development, JetBlue last week initiated a direct booking connection with Outtask. Read More »
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Posted June 28, 2005 - New York City

WorldTravel Owner Increases Navigant Stake

An investment affiliate of WorldTravel BTI owner BCD Holdings last week paid between $14.28 and $14.74 per share to raise its stake in Navigant International by 142,000 shares, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Assuming conversion of Navigant's convertible stock, the affiliate now owns about 8.4 percent of Navigant's outstanding shares, said analyst Ian Corydon of B. Riley & Company. Read More »
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Posted June 24, 2005 - New York City

Exec: United 'Very Unlikely' To Not Re-sign With GDSs

United Airlines has signed some incentive agreements with travel management companies who are beginning to work with new-entrant distributors, but chances are slim that the carrier would not be accessible through the global distribution systems after its current agreements with them expire, according to senior vice president of worldwide sales and alliances Graham Atkinson. Read More »
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Posted June 22, 2005 - New York City

Northwest-Sabre Case Moved To Mediation

The court battle between Northwest Airlines and Sabre Holdings spawned by Northwest's attempted fee for global distribution system bookings has been sent to mediation and could end in a settlement by August 2. Read More »
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Posted June 21, 2005 - New York City

Shedding Leisure Unit, Tzell Parent CNG Seeks TMC Acquisitions 

Now seeking buyers for its leisure division following a reassessment and decision to focus on business travel, CNG Travel of Ireland is looking in the United States for acquisition opportunities to build on its New York-based Tzell Travel corporate travel management firm, according to CNG USA chief executive Zara Stassin. Read More »
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Posted June 20, 2005 - New York City

Amadeus-Lufthansa Deal Cited; Alliance IT Commonality Debated

Lufthansa German Airlines plans to announce a more than $360 million information technology deal with Amadeus for 'ticket sales, passenger handling and other processes' to be implemented in 2007, according to a Reuters report published today. Read More »
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Posted June 17, 2005 - New York City

Orbitz For Business, Travelport Target Q3 For Integration

Cendant Travel Distribution Services by July will complete the migration of online consumer-travel site Cheap Tickets onto the Orbitz technology platform, and is targeting the third quarter for parallel integration of the systems behind its Travelport corporate offering with those of Orbitz For Business, officials said last week. Read More »
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Posted June 16, 2005 - New York City

Agents Still Key For Car Amid Web Growth

Travel agents booked 37 percent of reservations for Hertz in 2004, compared with 18 percent of bookings coming through its own website, the company revealed this week in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing detailing a possible initial public offering. Six percent of Hertz bookings were processed by third-party online retailers, which one analyst said is the most expensive distribution channel for car-rental firms. Read More »
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Posted June 14, 2005 - New York City

Picking A Bone With GDSs, Corp. Client Pushes To New Entrants

Enduring the 'frustrating' process of bringing together relevant parties as well as glitches that come with being an early adopter, Agilent Technologies has signed agreements and is pushing its partners to enable travel distribution through ITA Software. Read More »
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