Virgin Atlantic's migration from its current HP Shares reservations system to Delta Air Lines' in-house system is on track for a November cutover, Delta president Ed Bastian said.
In recent years, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services' airline passenger services system, Shares, has suffered significant client attrition. US Airways folded into merger partner American Airlines' Sabre-powered system, Virgin Atlantic transitioned to a PSS controlled by partner Delta Air Lines, and Copa Airlines has agreed to shift to Sabre, though implementation has been delayed.
Hewlett-Packard has had a tough go at the passenger services system business lately, as US Airways and Virgin Atlantic plan to shift away from its Shares reservations system this year and next, respectively.
Virgin Atlantic during the next few years will move from its current HP Shares reservations system to Delta Air Lines' in-house Deltamatic system, Virgin Atlantic CEO Craig Kreeger told The Beat.
Jay Boehmer and I just spoke with Brian Cook, a former Sita executive who recently joined HP Enterprise Services as vice president and general manager for travel and transportation. On the job about two weeks, Cook didn't give us much on what presumably are the company's two biggest transportation projects--AA's new Jetstream res system and the migration next year of United over to the Shares system. Cook and a spokesperson noted that his job is a new one after HP decided to create several verti
American Airlines "no longer plans to replace" its Sabre reservations system with a product from Hewlett Packard, according to industry newsletter Airline Weekly.
Sabre reported a nearly 30 percent year-over-year rise in global distribution system bookings for the three months ending Sept. 30, though much of that stemmed from the July 1 completion of its Abacus acquisition. Stripping out its now wholly owned Asia/Pacific distribution business, Sabre Travel Network reported a 6.5 percent year-over-year rise in bookings worldwide, including a 6 percent increase in North America bookings.
Following its 2005 merger with America West, US Airways converted its passenger services system from Sabre to Shares, then owned by EDS. If its merger with American Airlines is consummated, US Airways could be returning.
Virgin Atlantic plans to cut over in 2016 to joint venture partner Delta Air Lines' passenger services system, according to the airlines.
United Airlines has "spared no expense" in preparing for the switch to a unified passenger services system, scheduled to occur before the end of the current quarter, according to senior vice president of worldwide sales Dave Hilfman. Following its merger with Continental Airlines, United opted to consolidate operations on Continental's pre-existing Shares system, furnished by HP.