Posted September 9, 2004 - New York City

Many Fathers In 'Victory' Over Northwest

Travel Weekly yesterday reported that Northwest Airlines said its global distribution system fees were torpedoed by lost bookings due to bias in the GDSs. 'Unfortunately, as we got to the implementation date, the bias that Galileo and Sabre imposed on our displays had a very significant impact on our bookings,' CEO Richard Anderson told airline employees in a recorded message. 'As a result of that pressure, we were forced to retreat from our original position.' Read More »
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Posted September 7, 2004 - New York City

FEATURE: Swabiz Excepted, Airline Direct Still Immature

Northwest Airlines last week saw some of its flights delisted by the Sabre global distribution system partly in retaliation for trying to move corporate distributors and customers to lower-cost booking channels. It's no wonder Sabre played such hardball: more than anything, it is Southwest Airlines' lack of availability in most GDSs which makes its Swabiz the nation's most popular airline-corporate booking portal. Read More »
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Posted September 3, 2004 - New York City

Northwest Loses Battle, But GDS War Goes On

Despite what the travel industry is claiming as a victory over Northwest's now-canceled global distribution system fees, a major rationale for the carrier's gutsy move will not go away. Read More »
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Posted September 2, 2004 - New York City

AA To Add Fees, But Not On GDS

American Airlines minutes ago said that effective September 7, it will implement fees for domestic tickets bought from its U.S. reservations centers and at U.S. airports-but not for global distribution system bookings. The move is a blow for Northwest Airlines, whose GDS booking fees have been blasted by the travel industry over the past ten days. Read More »
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Posted September 2, 2004 - New York City

Northwest Backs Off

Northwest Airlines late today said it dumped its fees for domestic tickets issued by travel agencies using global distribution systems in Canada and the United States. Read More »
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Posted September 2, 2004 - New York City

BTN: Expedia Corp. Travel Buys London Agency

Expedia Corporate Travel purchased $63 million travel management company World Travel Management for an undisclosed sum, Business Travel News reported today. The publication cited London-based World Travel Management's managing director, Mike Bor, as confirming the sale. An announcement is due in the coming days, BTN reported. Read More »
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Posted September 1, 2004 - New York City

Sabre 'Turns Up The Heat' In Northwest Fight

Sabre Travel Network now is showing in its global distribution system that Northwest Airlines' international business class inventory is sold out, even when it is not. The move adds to Sabre's previously announced actions responding to Northwest Airlines' new fees for GDS bookings, which take effect for tickets issued as of today. Read More »
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Posted September 1, 2004 - New York City

Worldspan Joins In Fee Display, Fray Continues

Worldspan this afternoon said it joined its global distribution system competitors in modifying displays to show the new fee Northwest Airlines introduced on tickets booked in GDSs, effective today. Read More »
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Posted August 30, 2004 - New York City

Parent Of Hickory, TraveLeaders Targets Late '05 Profit

Assuming 'new business opportunities which the company believes will come to fruition in the last quarter of 2004,' AMLH said Hickory should gain roughly $2 million in net profit during the December quarter. 'The company's management is in the process of changing the HTS business model in an attempt to significantly reduce the amount of losses incurred during the first three quarters of each fiscal year,' AMLH said. Read More »
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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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