Denver – Egencia will sunset Orbitz for Business and complete client migrations this month, following Expedia's acquisition of Orbitz Worldwide last year, Egencia Americas senior vice president Mark Hollyhead said in an interview this week at the Global Business Travel Association convention here.
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.
Sabre's worldwide global distribution system bookings rose 3 percent year over year during the third quarter to 130 million. Air bookings and nonair bookings each rose roughly 3 percent year over year to 114 million and 16 million, respectively.
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.
For several years, Travelport has worked to move agency subscribers from the legacy cryptic desktop environment to its next-generation Smartpoint application. The process has had its share of hiccups, but a couple corporate travel management companies are vouching for the cutover after making the shift in the past year. Others have been slower to adopt.
Beginning next year, Sabre will migrate subscribers to its latest Sabre Red Workspace agent desktop system, which the global distribution system operator began showing off at its Travel Technology Exchange client forum in Miami this week.
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.
Last year, Egencia's gross bookings rose 17 percent from 2015 to reach $6.4 billion, and Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said Thursday the company's corporate travel arm aims "to double over the next four years."
Sabre disclosed plans to reduce global headcount by 9 percent to achieve $110 million in annual cost savings. The global distribution system operator and travel IT company is "reorganizing certain functions, reducing layers of management and lowering costs to enable a more nimble, faster moving and focused organization," the company disclosed Tuesday as it reported second-quarter financial results.