Posted August 27, 2004 - New York City

Aer Lingus To Exit GDSs In Ireland

Irish carrier Aer Lingus on September 13 will remove its fares and inventory from global distribution systems in its home country, head of Europe sales Enda Corneille confirmed today. Read More »
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Posted August 26, 2004 - New York City

Other GDSs React As Agencies & Clients Avoid Northwest

With Northwest's and Sabre's dispute in the courts, Sabre's competitors are reacting to Northwest's plan to charge travel agencies fees for bookings made in their global distribution systems. Cendant unit Galileo this morning said it would take essentially the same stance as Sabre by denying Northwest 'a more prominent display for Galileo agencies, access to Galileo low fare shopping and flight information tools and access to the full discount' offered as part of their existing agreement. Read More »
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Posted August 26, 2004 - New York City

Sabre Takes Another Swipe, Industry Waits

Sabre Travel Network today said it will include Northwest's new booking fees as part of shopping and pricing in the global distribution system for tickets issued as of September 1, when Northwest's charges take effect. A $200 roundtrip would be listed as $207.50 for Northwest, making the airline less competitive in low-fare searches, Sabre said. It's the latest in a series of moves announced by Sabre. Read More »
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Posted August 26, 2004 - New York City

Angry With Northwest, Corp. Buyers Seek Alternatives

Corporate America, including a number of companies that until this week considered Northwest Airlines a preferred supplier, is fuming over Northwest Airlines' plan to charge travel agencies fees for bookings they make in the global distribution systems.

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Posted August 25, 2004 - New York City

GDS Alternative Unveiled Amid Northwest-Sabre Battle

Northwest Airlines at around 9 pm EDT last night issued a statement disagreeing with Sabre Travel Network's comment yesterday afternoon that with its new ticketing fees, Northwest violated 'the letter and the spirit' of its agreement with Sabre. But it was a couple hours later that a separate press release answered much of the reason Northwest was emboldened to create new fees for bookings made in global distribution systems, to take effect in a week. Read More »
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Posted August 25, 2004 - New York City

Sabre Also Filed Suit, May Boot Northwest

Sabre Holdings may throw Northwest Airlines out of its system if the two companies cannot repair their relationship. Read More »
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Posted August 25, 2004 - New York City

Northwest Sues Sabre

Northwest Airlines filed a lawsuit earlier today against Sabre Travel Network in Minnesota's U.S. District Court, arguing that Sabre's decision to bias against Northwest in its global distribution system flight displays breaches Sabre's contract with the carrier, which is based near Minneapolis. Read More »
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Posted August 24, 2004 - New York City

Northwest Tackles GDS Costs

Northwest Airlines today announced that on September 1, it will impose a $3.75 one-way or $7.50 round-trip 'shared GDS fee' on agency-issued global distribution system tickets for domestic travel. The airline said its 2003 GDS costs were $180 million, and that it pays GDS companies an average of $12.50 per ticket. Read More »
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Posted August 24, 2004 - New York City

Sabre Fights Back

Sabre Travel Network this afternoon said Northwest Airlines' plan to impose on travel agencies fees for global distribution system bookings 'is contrary to the letter and the spirit of' agreements Sabre recently signed with most major carriers, including Northwest. As a result, Sabre said it will implement responses that include biasing in fare displays against carriers that take such action, cutting off access to unnamed 'system data and tools' and 'withholding a portion' of GDS price discounts Read More »
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Posted August 24, 2004 - New York City

Agencies Denounce Northwest Fee, Industry Sees Big Change

Northwest Airlines already is hearing it from travel agency distributors incensed with the carrier's decision today to begin charging them for bookings made in the global distribution systems. GDS companies thus far are reserving their comments, pending analysis of the situation. No other airline has matched. Read More »
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