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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Posted January 7, 2005 - New York City

Delta Q2 Override Redo Further Questions Dealing

Delta Air Lines will restructure at least some travel management company override incentive agreements at the end of the first quarter, sources said. Many are unsure of how they would be impacted, including whether they will continue to get a deal at all. Before providing details, they said, Delta is evaluating the outcome of the fare simplification it initiated this week, which for the most part appears to be sticking. Read More »
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Posted January 5, 2005 - New York City

Industry Weighs Delta Cut Of 6,000 Discount Programs

A debate is underway on how the massive Delta Air Lines fare restructuring announced today--especially if matched by the other major carriers--will impact corporate travel management companies, corporate travel managers and some other intermediaries. Read More »
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Posted January 4, 2005 - New York City

FEATURE: Part One - Converging Solutions

As evidenced by the U.S. federal government's investigation into Comair's computer troubles over the holidays, airline information technology is a very serious matter. If global distribution system providers manage to marry their distribution services with their airline IT solutions in pricing talks with carriers, it could represent a positive shift in the airlines' attitudes about Amadeus, Cendant, Sabre and Worldspan. Read More »
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Posted December 22, 2004 - New York City

Seeing Int'l Acquisitions, Expedia To Split From IAC

Barry Diller will remain chairman and CEO of IAC, as well as 'a most active' chairman of Expedia, he said. Expedia's CEO will be Dara Khosrowshahi, who the company previously named IAC Travel president and CEO. Read More »
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Posted December 20, 2004 - New York City

Amex Cuts Offshore Partnership As Well As U.S. Jobs

American Express on October 31 terminated a partnership with Tampa-based Sykes Enterprises for Emergency Travel Service call support in the Philippines. At its peak, the center handled 20 percent of 24-hour emergency service calls for Amex, a spokesperson said.

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