Travelport Loan Restructuring Reflects Deeper Problems
Of all the GDS companies Travelport is the one that is most exposed to changes in the legal, technological and financial environments. The loan refinancing it has just announced will buy it a little time but that may not be enough.
30 September 2011
BA iPad Apps Use Architecture to Good Advantage
British Airways is one of many airlines to look for benefits from the current generation of consumer products. The key to success is a robust IT architecture that allows the devices to tap into data and processes in corporate systems, some of which may be thirty years old.
26 August 2011
Lufthansa To Sell Systems but not to the Obvious Buyer
Reports in Germany suggest that Lufthansa Group is looking to sell a majority interest in Lufthansa Systems. Although two potential buyers have been identified there could be quite a bit of maneuvering before the future of the business is decided.
23 August 2011
Thai Agreement Boosts Amadeus in Asia Pacific and in Star
Another big sales win for Amadeus Altea PSS secures its leading position in the Asian market - and in Star Alliance too.
01 August 2011
Not a Shining Star in Brussels
One of the headline speakers at the SITA IT Summit was very wide of the mark when he suggested that airline IT should look like the Apple AppStore.
27 June 2011
Asia Moves Mainstream, More Consolidation in PSS
The PSS market continues to evolve, with Amadeus and Sabre making important strides. HP remains the most likely challenger to this duopoly - provided it can deliver on its commitments to American Airlines.
06 June 2011
AAs Next Offensive Court Action
The Distribution Wars continue as American Airlines files suit against Travelport and Orbitz in a Texas court. At stake is nothing less than the entire GDS business model as it is currently constituted.
14 April 2011
The DoJ Hands Airline MetaSearch to Google - for Now
The decision has finally been handed down and Google has got its way. The Department of Justice has imposed minimal conditions on the search giant's purchase of ITA Software. The shareholders of ITA have made a lot of money and the airline distribution business has seen a significant change.
10 April 2011
Mission Accomplished with Time to Spare
SITA has cut Air India over to its Horizon PSS well under a year after signing contracts. Sounds easy enough when stated in such simple terms but the fact that they have achieved it confirms that SITA is the past master at difficult migrations.
04 April 2011
HP Declares its intentions for Travel
Hewlett Packard is flexing its significant muscles in the travel space. Not since the heyday of IBM and Univac in the 1970s has a general services provider made a realistic play for business in the airline and wider travel industries. With almost half of the US market in the bag HP certainly has a platform from which to build. Along with Google's intentions for ITA and a possible role for Apple somewhere down the line this represents a substantial threat to the industry specialist providers like Amadeus, Sabre and Navitaire.
29 March 2011
Amadeus Scores for 2010
Amadeus has published its financial results for 2010 and they make very good reading for its shareholders. However we are living in interesting times and there is no room for new CEO Luis Maroto to rest on his laurels.
18 March 2011
Amadeus Delivers a New Generation Self-Booking Tool
The travel industry is increasingly using powerful consumer electronic devices in preference to expensive industry-specific technology. Traveltainment's iPad application will probably be the first of many to tap the unique capabilities of Apple's must-have device.
23 February 2011
The Battle of Kazakhstan
The legal tussle between Amadeus and Air Astana could have greater consequences than anyone yet appreciates. A Spanish court has decided that Amadeus may not cease service under the GDS agreement for the time being. Amadeus will probably appeal that decision but it might want to keep the case away from European courts. Contractual disputes should be settled by arbitration and that would probably be Amadeus's preference.
18 February 2011
SITA Evolves Away from its Network Business
The recent SITA Horizon customer conference gave a clear view of the evolution of the venerable network provider. It still has much to offer the air transport industry but not necessarily in the most obvious ways.
02 February 2011
UATP and SITA Combine to Benefit the Airlines
UATP and SITA are two of the oldest airline-owned businesses that exist to benefit the industry as a whole. The news that SITA will provide the entire technical infrastructure for UATP is a win-win-win for the two organisations and airlines in general.
21 January 2011
A judge agrees with AA but the fight is still on
The dispute between American and its distributors goes to court again. This will not be the last time.
17 January 2011
United and Continental Converge on SHARES
The news is now official. The merged United Airlines will use the SHARES system from EDS (Hewlett-Packard) rather than Apollo. The decision has significant knock-on effects for the PSS market in North America and further afield.
28 December 2010
American Airlines Beats Orbitz and Travelport, Amadeus Wins
The distribution landscape is changing rapidly. Winners and losers are not always obvious. Sometimes being out of the front line is the best tactic.
24 December 2010
AISystems has landed
Airline planning is notoriously complex and time consuming. A new product from start-up company AISystems will provide dramatic improvements in the level and timeliness of analysis for those airlines that select it.
07 December 2010
BA and Iberia Push the Frontier
A merger that creates a new European mega carrier could also be the trigger for radical thinking on IT systems.
01 December 2010
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