Amadeus is consolidating rail travel content via a new merchant model option for rail providers, a model the company expects could bring together the fragmented Asia/Pacific rail system.
Global distribution system segments processed by Travelport—including air, hotel, car and rail—fell 4 percent year over year during the third quarter amid "customer headwinds," the company reported Thursday.
Total bookings processed through the Sabre global distribution system rose nearly 8 percent year over year during the second quarter to 141 million. Sabre got a big boost from Australia-based Flight Centre, which in the past year finished converting GDS business in Australia and New Zealand from Travelport to Sabre.
Amadeus during its third-quarter results presentation Wednesday acknowledged that moves by the three largest European airline groups to surcharge global distribution system bookings and drive bookings directly to their own channels are playing a role in disintermediating the GDSs. Yet, CEO Luis Maroto said he wasn't too worried about an acceleration in disintermediation.
Amadeus reported that total travel agency air bookings rose 9 percent year over year to 154 million during the first quarter. Growth rates in Latin America, Asia/Pacific and North America were especially strong.
New Zealand-based corporate T&E technology provider Serko landed Carlson Wagonlit Travel as its first reseller of the Zeno travel booking and tech system in the U.S., the companies announced this month.
Sabre expects its $360 million acquisition of Farelogix to close in the "mid part of the year," later than expected, as the U.S. Department of Justice takes a deeper look at the proposed transaction, Sabre president and CEO Sean Menke said Tuesday during the company's fourth-quarter financial results call.
Total bookings processed via the Sabre global distribution system rose nearly 8 percent year over year during the third quarter to 140 million, the company reported Tuesday. Air bookings rose 8 percent to 123 million, while non-air bookings, including lodging and ground, rose 7 percent to 17 million.
Sabre reported strong bookings growth across its global distribution system business for the first three months of the year and expects the trend to continue through 2018. The GDS operator and travel IT company raised its full-year earnings, revenue and GDS booking volume forecast, lifted in part by what executives, during an earnings conference call, painted as a healthy travel industry backdrop.