Posted January 20, 2005 - New York City

Attendees: GDS Alternatives Closer Than Expected

ITA Software soon will offer a real alternative to the global distribution systems, according to several sources attending two days of meetings this week with United Airlines about what the airline calls GDS new entrants. Some also were impressed with G2 Switchworks. Read More »
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Posted January 19, 2005 - New York City

Delta Considers Pax Count In Agency Program

Travel management sources are saying Delta Air Lines plans to change its travel agency incentive program to one that measures passengers flown as opposed to such typical metrics as booking share or dollar volume. A Delta spokesperson would not address that level of detail, only confirming that the airline will change its incentive program at the end of this quarter. Read More »
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Posted January 18, 2005 - New York City

United Hosting Alt-GDS Meeting, Names Sales Exec

United Airlines yesterday named consultant Jeff Foland its new vice president of North America sales, effective February 1. Foland will report to senior vice president of worldwide sales Graham Atkinson, who tomorrow will host a seven-hour meeting with travel management companies to discuss changes in airline distribution and offer a closer look at G2 Switchworks and ITA Software. Read More »
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Posted January 14, 2005 - New York City

Northwest Responding On Biz Contracts

Northwest Airlines informed corporate accounts it needs about 60 days to discuss new contract terms and created a temporary fare basis code to compete with Delta Air Lines' new simple fares, according to a Carlson Wagonlit Travel memo obtained by The Beat. The Northwest code is 'BF'; Delta's is 'BV.' Read More »
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Posted January 13, 2005 - New York City

Amadeus Deal Not Yet Done

The deal for Amadeus may not be final, as previously reported. According to sources speaking with The Beat, minority shareholders of the Madrid-based global distribution system provider are challenging the selection of Britain's BC Partners and Cinven as the winning bidders because higher offers came from two American firms, Carlyle Group and Citigroup Venture Capital. Read More »
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Posted January 12, 2005 - New York City

FEATURE: Part Two - Emerging Technologies

As Cendant prepares the launch of its new airline reservation system and other global distribution system providers enhance their products for airlines, upstart Navitaire continues to cause a stir. The Accenture-owned specialist in small airline systems plans this quarter to launch a reservation product called New Skies that it expects will be used by at least five airlines this year. Read More »
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Posted January 12, 2005 - New York City

Worldspan Out As Amadeus Names Winning Bidders

Amadeus today confirmed that its major owners agreed with British private equity firms BC Partners and Cinven to take the Spanish global distribution system provider private. Valued at more than $5.6 billion, the deal takes Worldspan's owners out of the running for Amadeus, at least delaying the possibility of an Amadeus-Worldspan merger. Read More »
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Posted January 11, 2005 - New York City

Diller Admits Mistakes, Delays ECT Break Even

After Expedia officials last year hoped for its corporate travel unit to break even during the second half of 2004, chairman Barry Diller in a conference late yesterday acknowledged the milestone may not even be achieved this year. He also said the broader Expedia overspent on marketing at the expense of supplier relationships. Read More »
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Posted January 11, 2005 - New York City

Aetna Rollout Boosts TBiz As TMC

In last month switching complete servicing for its 5,000 frequent travelers to the San Antonio call center of Travelocity Business, Aetna became the first very large company whose travel management is fully serviced by Sabre Holdings. In the domestic realm anyway, this makes Sabre as much a corporate travel management company as Aetna's former agency, American Express. Read More »
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Posted January 7, 2005 - New York City

Navigant's Down Under Deal To Close In Feb.

Navigant International expects next month to close on its acquisition of Synergi Travel New Zealand and Australia, helping fill missing pieces in the TQ3 Travel Solutions global puzzle. Navigant said Synergi recorded 'aggregate airline ticket and incentive meeting sales' in the most recent 12-month period of about $70 million in New Zealand and $200 million in Australia. Read More »
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