Verdict in US Airways vs Sabre - Preserves the Status Quo
On the claim that Sabre's contract with US Airways was anti-competitive the jury found in favour of the GDS company. On the related claim that Sabre operated an unlawful monopoly it found for the airline but awarded a single dollar in compensation. T2RL assesses what this outcome means for airlines, GDSs, technology players and other stakeholders.
Russian carriers plan migrations to localised alternatives
S7 has announced, via a third-party source, its migration from the Amadeus PSS to Russian provider ORS, formerly known as TAIS. The provider was chosen via a tender process and the migration will take place in October this year. It has been reported by the Russian press that the Russian Ministry of Transport in 2019 ordered all Russian carriers to localised their booking systems. It has also been reported that the date for these forced migrations has been postponed several times. The most recent reports say that carriers are required to localise their booking services by the end of October 2022. This six page T2RL report offers analysis and speculation.
Transition to Normality - T2RL's Outlook on the COVID Pandemic
This is the seventh edition of T2RL's analysis on the market recovery for the airline industry during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. This report examines the lifting of the majority of travel restrictions and the diverse market responses along with traffic data. T2RL details recommendations for airlines on IT contracting, distribution and technology.
T2RL Avianca Case Study
Avianca is the commercial brand that integrates the customer and cargo airlines under Avianca Group International Limited. Today, Avianca offers over 14 million customers the most complete network in Colombia and one of the largest in Latin America with more than 110 routes, more than 3,200 flights and more than 500,000 seats per week.
Amadeus acquires Kambr
Amadeus has expanded the integration and partnership announced in July 2021 by acquiring Kambr. Navitaire has been active in developing revenue optimisation capabilities for ancillaries via its API products and services. The acquisition of Kambr expands its capablities for inventory and revenue management control. Accelya's RMS is currently the leading provider of revenue management solutions for Navitaire's customer base. Navitaire will likely push the value of tighter integration and service management as part of the value proposition of Kambr. Given the Navitaire customers' thirst for simplicity, this is likely to resonate. T2RL expects to see more Navitaire customers adopting Kambr as a result.
Is there a Future for Standalone NDC Aggregators?
The Flight Centre Travel Group announced that it has increased its holding in Dubai-based NDC aggregator TP Connects to 70%, giving it a controlling interest. Flight Centre previously held a 22.5% stake which it acquired in February 2020. This first view explores why it could see this as an opportunity and what challenges it and other aggregators may face moving forward.
A Rapid Retreat from Globalism
All three major GDS companies have announced that they have removed or are removing the schedules and fares of Aeroflot from their databases. This effectively prevents travel agents using Sabre, Amadeus and Travelport selling tickets for the Russian flag-carrier's services. This First View explores the effects this may have and speculates on potential short and longer term impacts of current events.
Hitit concludes its IPO
Hitit has raised a capital injection of around USD 25 million with an IPO price of TL12.25 per share. The company was valued at around USD 115 million with a free float of 28%. Hitit plans to use the raised capital to further support its international growth and expansion.
Sabre Completes Sale of Air Centre Portfolio to CAE
As announced in October of last year Sabre has now completed the sale of its AirCentre operations portfolio to CAE of Canada. The sale is valued at $392.5 million and includes technology and intellectual property as well as the transfer of associated staff.
Type B Messaging Market Analysis
T2RL estimates the total market of Type B messaging typically costs airlines between $920 Million and $1.07 Billion per year. This is substantially overvalued. Infrastructure and IT service charges in this area have declined by 90+% over the last thirty years and therefore costs should have followed the same trend. This paper assesses the market for Type B messaging and what airlines can do to reduce their costs in this area.
Qantas Finding Value in its NDC Investment
Qantas has announced a promotional offer available exclusively to travel agents participating in its NDC channels. The offer provides a specific discount when the agent enters the customer's FFP number in the booking. This First View assesses this announcement and the reasoning behind using such a tactic.
One Step Forward, Two Back - T2RL's Outlook on the COVID Pandemic
This is the sixth edition of T2RL's analysis on the market recovery for the airline industry during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. This report examines the impact of the Omicron variant on international travel. T2RL details recommendations for airlines on IT contracting, distribution and technology.
Datalex wins Virgin Australia
Datalex has been appointed by Virgin Australia to lead its digital retailing roadmap providing its solutions; Datalex Direct, Datalex NDC, Datalex Merchandiser and Datalex Dynamic as well as its newly released Digital Configurator. This is Datalex's first major win since its dispute with Lufthansa. In 2019 Virgin Australia processed near to 25 million PBs and was brought out of voluntary administration late last year by Bain Capital. The airline is now processing around 8 million PBs per year in light of strict travel restrictions in Australia.
Investment in Distribution Talent at T2RL
T2RL is pleased to welcome Ian Luck as the new President Distribution, starting 16th November 2021. Press Release.
Towards More Interline and Intermodal Connections
Following on from our last paper, Interline in the Modern World, T2RL has looked into how the industry should move forward in the area of interline to create opportunities for all airlines. This paper proposes the creation of a universal process for the booking transaction that may be used by any provider of travel services.
The Pandemic has been Hardest for Amadeus but it Remains Dominant
The migration of GOL from Amadeus Navitaire to Sabre is the first PSS move of any airline in the top three tiers this year and is the largest airline migration since the pandemic hit 18 months ago. This First View looks at the future strategy of the top three PSS vendors; Amadeus, Sabre and TravelSky and their outlook after the pandemic.
Etihad to implement Amadeus Altea
Etihad have signed a deal with Amadeus to implement its Altea PSS platform, as well as its new version IBE, mobile app, revenue management and merchandising platform. Etihad, who flew over 17 million pbs pre-Covid, is expected to migrate in 2022. This is not the first time that Etihad has used the Amadeus system, having originally migrated from Amadeus Altea to Sabre in 2013. Etihad flew just over 4 million pbs in 2020 but is showing signs of recovery as travel restrictions are being lifted.
Sabre migrates GOL to its SabreSonic PSS
Sabre has migrated Brazilian airline GOL from Navitaire in a deal worth over 36 million passengers boarded (pbs). The airline processed over 16 million pbs in 2020. GOL is currently the largest airline in Latin America and pushes Sabre's market share in the region to over 46%, more than double its nearest competitor. GOL is now Sabre's 3rd largest customer overall and will play a significant part in its recovery after the pandemic.
The Uneven Recovery from COVID - T2RL's Outlook
This is the fifth edition of T2RL's analysis on the market recovery for the airline industry during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. This report examines the impact of the Delta variant plus vaccine rollout and government strategies on international travel. T2RL details recommendations for airlines on IT contracting, distribution and technology.
Kambr partners with Navitaire
Kambr, a newcomer to the revenue management market, has announced a partnership with PSS provider Navitaire. It is unsurprising given both parties specifically target the LCC market and comes after Kambr migrated AirAsia, one of Navitaire's largest customers, to their RM software earlier this year. The partnership intends to facilitate smoother data integration between the two platforms. The announcement will be a particular concern to Accelya who currently holds over 60% of the market in the LCC RM space with many of these airlines being Navitaire PSS customers.
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