Emirates PSS Decision Deferred
With no announcement despite considerable investment in a long procurement process it is clear Emirates President Tim Clark requires more evidence that Emirates can not remain independent with respect to PSS solution provision.
CIOs Priorities for 2014
T2RL conducted interviews with airline CIOs and executives between October and December 2013, T2RL consider the implications for the vendors.
Emirates PSS Decision Imminent
Emirates embarked on a process to evaluate the market with respect to the provision of PSS solutions. The management team are expected to make a decision in the coming weeks. This is critical decision for Emirates and a major signal to the market place in general.
Rising PSS Implementation Fees Will Slow Market Changes
T2RL’s latest research suggests that vendor charged PSS implementation costs have been rising steadily over the last 10 years. The effect will be to slow market share changes and extend terms with incumbents.
Expedia Powers Sabre's Offer
Expedia and Sabre have entered into an agreement where Travelocity becomes the ultimate affiliate as part of a process to improve financials prior to a transaction.
Amadeus Talks Turkish
The acquisition by Amadeus of a major product line from Turkish company Hitit marks a significant departure for both companies. And it may significantly influence the battle to supply PSS to Turkish Airlines.
NDC will benefit the GDS and PSS Providers
IATA has adopted a standard for its New Distribution Capacity. This will allow airlines to market their services as effectively in indirect channels as they already do in their web sites and call centres. Always assuming that ill-informed controversy whipped up by the likes of the Business Travel Consortium is not allowed to derail a much needed modernisation.
Sabre's Quiet Success
The first major PSS migration of the year has taken place and it went off apparently without a hitch. Etihad is now a user of the SabreSonic suite and the market for airline passenger services systems has been demonstrated to be a rational and competitive one.
Kayak Cashes Out
With Google not yet established in airline search the owners of Kayak have exploited an opportunity to maximise their returns.
Thomas, Son of Amadeus
The North American carriers will be hard pressed to find a commercial proposition from the market that meets their current low costs and rates for PSS. To sustain their economics they will have to look at new models and agreements. One of these models might resemble Air France, Lufthansa, SAS and Iberia's creation of Amadeus in 1986. Open Source may be another model for consideration. Whatever route they choose the prize might be more than maintaining PSS economics.
Amadeus Extends its Reach
Amadeus has introduced another new product line. Revenue Accounts is a natural extension to its existing PSS and Revenue Management applications. It is also the second most valuable application in most airlines' portfolio and as such offers long-term revenue opportunities.
Knowing Me, Knowing You - AhHa?
British Airways and Starwood Hotels have both drawn criticism for their attempts to embellish customer data with research in non-related areas. Privacy and data security are among the hottest topics for debate in the online world of 2012. It is unlikely that BA and Starwood will be the last to attract controversy.
Inertia Rules - Not OK
Airline technology is often characterised as living in the past. The struggle the Internet community has had to implement IPV6 shows that the problems are far from unique to a single industry.
Zuckerberg's New Clothes
The forthcoming Facebook IPO has cranked up the hype cycle for social networking another couple of notches. While acknowledging the usefulness of social networks as part of an overall marcomms strategy we think that a touch of realism is also required.
Amadeus Goes Nuts in North America
Amadeus has finally made a significant sale in North America. Until now this was the biggest gap on the Amadeus map of the world but the agreement of Southwest to use Amadeus for its international business may just be the springboard that the European company has been looking for.
2012 Brings Significant Changes in the PSS Market
The first quarter has been hyperactive in the market for airline PSS - and it still has almost a month to run. More strategic changes should not be ruled out as the alignments shift among the big players.
Google Doesn't Do "Also-Ran"
Google has lost little time since acquiring ITA Software in April 2011. The first version of Google flight search was launched in September and there have been several iterations since. There is no doubt that Google has deep resources and that the ITA product was very capable when it was acquired. The question that airline strategists should now be asking is "Who can compete with Google?"
Back to the Future with Travelport
Travelport has the agency community up in arms. Is the "Agility" program a far sighted attempt to rebalance its business or a short term revenue grab ahead of another attempt at an IPO?
Amadeus Sabre’d for the New Year
Sabre ends the year with a stunning sales success in the Gulf. It is the first win of a significant network airline away from Amadeus since the shock of losing British Airways and Qantas over a decade ago. It is now clear that there is at least a two-horse race for network airline PSS. Whether that is enough for the existence of a healthy market remains to be seen.
Agilaire Equals Aircore Plus
The deal between Unisys and Hewlett-Packard to bring Aircore to market under the guise of Agilaire may be the last throw of the dice for this decade-old "newgen" system.
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