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The purchase of Farelogix by Sabre has received the go-ahead from the District Council in the US, although a final decision from the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is still pending. T2RL submitted the following document ( here) in February to the CMA regarding its provisional findings in the interests of promoting fair competition in the technology industry.
08 April 2020

Sabre have announced a 10 year partnership with Google Cloud. Whilst the press release provides very limited information, T2RL see this as a positive step for Sabre for a number of reasons. The first is that Google are deadly serious about taking a share of the enterprise IT business. The appointment of Thomas Kurian a 22 year veteran of Oracle and the assembly of a world class sales team confirm that Google are in this business to take a significant share. The second is that Google, according to T2RL's own research are very willing to provide significant and competent technical resources to support...
22 January 2020

Air Canada has completed its migration to the Amadeus Reservation, Inventory, Ticketing and Fare Quote systems. The migration, which took just over two years to prepare and complete, also includes the migration of subsidiary airlines Air Canada Jazz and Air Canada Rouge. This equates to a total of 50.9 million passengers moving from an In-House Mainframe system and increasing the Amadeus market share to 28.5%. The Departure Control System migration will follow in March/April 2020.
20 November 2019

Sabre have announced they have acquired Radixx for approximately $110 million. With the purchase Sabre have added over 35 million pbs and over 30 additional airline customers predominantly in the LCC space bringing their total market share to 17% of the global market and 5th in the LCC market. The acquisition follows the appointment of ex-Sabre SVP John Elieson as Radixx President and CEO in 2017. Sabre plans to operate Orlando based Radixx as a standalone subsidiary through its Airline Solutions business.
16 October 2019

Aeromexico have renewed and extended their PSS and GDS agreements with Sabre. T2RL supported the process on behalf of Aeromexico and are therefore unable to provide any additional insight or commentary.
14 October 2019

On October 2nd 2019 AXESS informed customers they would be closing down their GDS business. The implications for those airlines distributing in Japan are significant. Simply put costs are likely to increase as they did when Sabre took over airline majority owned Abacus. The cost increase will be directly proportional to the change in market shares of the respective GDSs operating in Japan.
03 October 2019

The Thomas Cook Group PLC announced on 23rd September that it has gone into liquidation putting 21,000 jobs at risk, 9,000 of which are based in the UK. The UK government has chartered 45 jets making it the largest ever peacetime repatriation, and temporarily, the UK's 5th largest airline.

According to T2RL data the UK is the third largest market for PBs globally and Thomas Cook was the 2nd fastest growing airline (above 3 million PBs) in the UK for 2017-2018. Last year Thomas Cook Airlines and their subsidiary Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia together flew 10.5 million PBs making them...

23 September 2019

The Department of Justice in the United States has sued to block the acquisition of Farelogix. The DOJ's complaint points to the likelihood of the acquisition resulting in a lessening of competition, an increase in prices for booking services in the United States and a reduction quality, service choice and innovation for booking services. The DOJ also takes the position that Sabre's GDS agreements have restricted Farelogix's ability to compete.

T2RL's view is that there is a broader market to consider in connection with the merger and that a combination of Sabre and Farelogix would permit...

22 August 2019

After years of participating at the lowest functional level in Sabre and Travelport GDSs, Southwest have announced new partnerships with new capabilities to support industry standard processes for TMCs and corporates with Amadeus and Travelport. The announcement highlights the importance of the corporate business by signalling incremental revenue expected in 2020 and a basic timeline for GDS readiness in mid-2020. Southwest Business are focussed on a set of customers that are likely to appreciate Southwest's policies with respect to no change fees and free bags. This complements the recent announcement...
06 August 2019

Southwest has joined the ATPCO/SITA NDC Exchange Solution to allow third-parties to connect to Southwest's own API using the latest NDC standards. This is a real win for ATPCO and SITA in the race to remain relevant and continue to add value to the industry outside their traditional businesses.

Southwest is a leader in direct distribution selling more seats directly than any other carrier worldwide. T2RL see this as a smart move by Southwest as it limits the amount of IT work that needs to be done to make their own API comply with the latest NDC standards quickly and efficiently. This gives...

17 July 2019

Cebu Pacific has extended their existing agreement with Amadeus' Navitaire until 2028 and will continue to use Navitaire's reservations, inventory, departure control system, e-commerce and revenue accounts platform. Cebu Pacific is one of Navitaire's key customers in the Asia Pacific region undertaking 20.3 million PBs in 2018 including franchisee Cebgo. This renewal follows other key renewals for Navitaire this year including the AirAsia Group, Eurowings and Spirit.
09 July 2019

Sabre have been executing on their plans to rationalise their airline technology product portfolio since Dave Shirk was appointed as the President of Sabre Airline Solutions in April 2017. Shirk has since been promoted and now also runs the GDS business. The deal with Cheetah makes great sense to T2RL as part of the product portfolio rationalisation. Loyalty solutions are now considered mainstream IT platforms "off the shelf" with all of the necessary integration support for all types of merchandising and customer touch points. Ultimately the partnership will only work if the combined...
24 June 2019

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Amadeus and Optym have announced that the airline network planning business of Optym has been acquired by Amadeus. This First View looks at what this acquisition means for the industry.
17 February 2020

T2RL data show 34 airlines changed their PSS provision in 2019, together migrating the management of over two hundred million passengers boarded. T2RL analyse PSS Migration data for 2019, putting this into context with previous years and the vendors who have been the most and least successful over the past five years.
03 February 2020

On September 10, 2019, IBS Software announced that it had completed the acquisition of AD OPT. This First View looks at what this acquisition means for the industry.
25 November 2019

The annual Symposium from AGIFORS (Airline Group of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies) was held in Seattle, USA from September 30 to October 4, 2019. This First View looks at the presentations given at the forefront of tech research in the airline industry.
17 October 2019

T2RL attended the ATPCO 'Elevate' customer conference in Washington DC on October 1st and 2nd. In this First View T2RL looks at ATPCO's recent activity and why they are succeeding in their reinvention.
07 October 2019

T2RL has just released its projections for the passenger air transport market out to 2029. They show growth from 2018's 4.47 Billion passengers boarded to 6.06 Billion in 2023 and almost 9 Billion in ten years' time.
05 August 2019

In a briefing from Senior Management T2RL have learned that FLIGHTKEYS GmbH will soon launch its new Flight Planning solution, FLIGHTKEYS 5D, and announce launch customers. In this First View, T2RL assesses FLIGHTKEYS' new solution and the impact it may have on the industry.
26 June 2019

GE Aviation has been the global leader in commercial aircraft engine deliveries for many years. On 18-21 February 2019, it hosted a conference in Dallas, around the theme of using data to generate insights. In this First View, T2RL look at GE Aviation's strategy moving forward and how they plan to add value from insights obtained from data.
11 March 2019

IATA continues to promote its new standard for communications between Order Management Systems, delivery and accounting systems. There have been some limited proof of concept projects and a number of airlines have committed publicly to the new standard. In this First View, T2RL look at what is needed to make this standard a success and what it might mean for the industry in the long term.
07 January 2019

Airlines, like many other enterprises, are currently subject to extensive marketing on behalf of blockchain technology providers. In this First View, T2RL looks into this new technology and where it could possibly be used by an airline.
04 January 2019

On 14th November 2018 Sabre Corporation announced that it had agreed to acquire Farelogix for $360 million in cash. The acquisition is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close around the turn of the year. In this First View, T2RL assess the impact that the acquisition will have on customers on both sides and the industry as a whole.
07 December 2018

The most recent annual AGIFORS Symposium took place in Tokyo on 8th-12th October 2018. The conference attracted some of the top minds in aviation operations research, discussing innovative topics which have the potential to create value for airlines in the future. Given the topics of discussion and through T2RLs own experience, over the next few years T2RL expect that Revenue Management will continue to be the most productive area, in terms of both revenue gains for airlines and increased R&D investment by system vendors.
09 November 2018

Full reports are available for subscribers to download. Feel free to download the extracts which give an introduction and contents table of the full report.

T2RL has submitted this document to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) regarding its provisional findings in the matter of the proposed acquisition of Farelogix by Sabre.

T2RL has made this submission on its own behalf in the interests of promoting fair competition in the technology industry.

The CMA's report ( here ) is extensive and covers many of the complexities of airline distribution. Nevertheless we believe that there are some subtleties that may not have been sufficiently appreciated and cause us to question the conclusions reached in the provisional findings. In this document we will set out our high-level concerns and then go on to identify the specific paragraphs of the provision findings that we believe should be reconsidered.

27 February 2020

Across the world in 2019, 22 new airlines were launched and 49 stopped flying. This report will examine the comings and goings in the industry in the year that has just ended, with comparisons to the previous years.
12 February 2020

T2RL data shows that the current market for airline loyalty members is roughly 25% of total global passengers boarded (PBs), being around 1.1 billion members in around 200 standard loyalty programmes. This report compares the market share of the major vendors in the airline loyalty market as well as the addressable market over the next ten years.
11 February 2020

T2RL and partners Travel in Motion (TiM) have produced a report on the current status of NDC and ONE Order including details of projects, vendors, sellers and solutions. The report is updated on a quarterly basis with the next update planned in April 2020.
04 February 2020

T2RL continues its research into the area of Dynamic Pricing by publishing a research paper on its findings into what airlines are actually doing in this area. What airlines are saying they will do or want to do, and the ability of the existing software to support these ambitions.
16 December 2019

T2RL's research highlights 3.9 billion passengers boarded in the market for airline revenue accounting systems. This report highlights migrations, the addressable market and key vendors by market share for 2019.
10 December 2019

NDC and ONE Order represent a new generation of technology for airline distribution, but they build on a long tradition of airlines working together to create standards that allow them to inter-operate to serve common customers. T2RL's latest research examines the need for standards in the industry. We look in some depth at the work that Amadeus, the leader in airline commercial technology, is putting into delivering the new standards to benefit the whole value chain in airline distribution.
25 November 2019

T2RL and partners Travel in Motion (TiM) have produced a report on the current status of IATA's new distribution capability (NDC) and ONE Order including details of projects, vendors, sellers and solutions. The report is updated on a quarterly basis with the next update planned in January 2020.
29 October 2019

The 2019 version of the T2RL annual report into the state of the market for Airline Passenger Services Systems is now in its eleventh year. This report covers all of the main activity in 2018 and the majority of 2019.
14 October 2019

T2RL's annual research into global passenger volumes highlights almost 4.47 billion passengers boarded from January to December 2018. The purpose of this report is to provide an industry standard on current, historical and forecast global air passenger volumes.
23 September 2019

T2RL's research highlights 4.07 billion passengers boarded in the market for airline revenue management systems. This report highlights the key vendors by market share, the addressable market, migrations and key trends in 2018 and 2019.
31 July 2019

T2RL and partners Travel in Motion (TiM) have produced a report on the current status of IATA's new distribution capability (NDC) and ONE Order including details of projects, vendors, sellers and solutions. The report is updated on a quarterly basis with the next update planned in October 2019.
23 July 2019

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