global distribution system

Op Ed: Andy Menkes On Trusting, And Verifying, Your Data

Today’s advisor is travel management veteran Andy Menkes of Partnership Travel Consulting. He writes that while data from travel management companies has improved over the years, travel program managers must do their due diligence. That means plugging gaps and checking everything. President Ronald Reagan made the phrase “trust, but verify” famous in the United States…

As Investor Seeks To Unlock Value At Travelport, Analysts Wonder How

The news that an activist investor took a stake in Travelport to push a possible sale of the company has analysts, consultants and industry leaders speculating about the possibilities. Could the GDS be broken up and sold to its two Western rivals? What about keeping it whole and selling to China-based TravelSky? Is there a…

Aiming To Control The Offer, Delta Works To Release APIs ASAP

Delta’s public support for the International Air Transport Association’s New Distribution Capability is relatively tepid. That doesn’t mean it’s not exploring alternatives to traditional connectivity. In a Tuesday interview, officials discussed their focus on application programming interfaces and a clear desire to assume control over the “offer.” Shifting that control to airlines from global distribution…

Wall Street Analysts: Amadeus Lead On GDS Rivals Is ‘Insurmountable’

Evercore ISI analysts are bullish on Amadeus. They like the strength of its airline IT business and expect the company to continue growing share on the GDS side. Evercore in a research report issued Jan. 4 raised its Amadeus outlook to “outperform” from “in line.” Amadeus’ gains would be losses for Sabre and Travelport, both…

Small, Midsize U.K. Travel Management Companies Reckon With British Airways Surcharge

With many travel management companies accepting the IAG airlines’ private channel GDS deals, which are left out? Industry experts see the “have-nots” facing ruin or consolidation. The puzzling part is, why would British Airways and Iberia want that? Posed to a BA press official, that question was not answered. International Airlines Group has declined multiple…

Sabre CEO Menke Explains The Private Channel

Sabre CEO Sean Menke confirmed what many suspected. The IAG private channel option for travel agencies caught up in reworked economics between airlines and GDSs is about foregoing GDS incentives. Parent of British Airways and Iberia, IAG created “two buckets for the agency community,” Menke explained during the Wednesday Bernstein Technology Summit. He called them the “haves…

Shutdown Of Google QPX ‘Express’ Faring Solution Shouldn’t Disrupt Corporate Travel Tech

Google revealed plans to shut down on April 10, 2018 the API for a light version of its shopping and faring service. Acquired by Google half-a-dozen years ago, ITA Software’s advanced pricing and shopping capabilities had become a go-to alternative to similar global distribution system functionality. Its standard QPX product is used by a number of…

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