Posted in Distribution Suppliers

Sabre Thinks About Applying For Government Lending

Sabre is considering applying for federal relief, which would require it to agree to partial government ownership and constraints on payments to shareholders and certain…

Continue Reading...
Posted in Distribution Suppliers

Southwest ‘Still Evaluating’ TMC Strategy Ahead Of Expanded GDS Participation, Expected By June

Southwest Airlines expects next quarter to add virtually all its fares and inventory to Travelport’s Apollo and Worldspan global distribution systems, in accordance with its…

Continue Reading...
Posted in Distribution Suppliers

Travelport’s Webb: Prior Management Was ‘Picking Around The Edges Without Solving The Bigger Issue’ Of Consolidating Tech

After Travelport declined to comment for a Jan. 22 article about rationalizing its core systems, the company’s board approved funding for that purpose. Travelport then…

Continue Reading...
Posted in Distribution Suppliers

Economist: Slow Pace Of NDC Through GDSs Isn’t Surprising, GDSs Dominate Because TMCs Need Them

Wilmington, Del. — Global distribution systems dominate indirect air travel distribution because travel agencies don’t want it another way. So it’s not unexpected to find…

Continue Reading...
Posted in Distribution

CWT CEO Backs GDSs, Schools Court On Costs Of Corporate Travel Distribution

Trial testimony by CWT president and CEO Kurt Ekert proved instructive for anyone looking to understand travel management company dependence on global distribution systems. There…

Continue Reading...
Posted in Distribution

Frustrated With Airlines’ GDS Bypass Programs And Threats, BCD Travel Pays Microsoft To Build An Agent Desktop

BCD Travel is paying Microsoft about $20 million for a multi-GDS search and booking desktop system that also could help agents manage bookings made outside…

Continue Reading...
Posted in Payment Suppliers

Wex To Acquire Enett, The Virtual Payment Firm Majority-Owned By Travelport

Wex agreed to buy fellow business-to-business payments firm eNett and transaction optimization company Optal for a combined $1.7 billion. That includes $1.275 billion in cash…

Continue Reading...