Modern Distribution is Gathering Pace
70% of Finnair's bookings are now in modern channels while American Airlines has achieved 80%. They have achieved these numbers by a combination of methods and other airlines will learn from their success.
Living in Interesting Times - T2RL's Industry Outlook
Our recent Industry Outlook paper looks at the external challenges facing airlines and the implications these are having on airline technology and distribution.
ATPCO Accelerates its Transformation
ATPCO has agreed to acquire data analytics firm 3Victors. The deal is very positive for both parties and for the industry as a whole.
New CEO announced for Datalex
Datalex has announced the appointment of Jonathan Rockett as CEO to replace Sean Corkery who has been leading the company for the past 4 years. Jonathan joins from Ding where he held the role of MD and CFO.
IATA WPS 2023
IATA held a series of industry meetings including the World Passenger Symposium in Chicago during the week of 23rd October. T2RL was invited to attend the combined WPS/WFS but in common with all non-airline organisations was excluded from the closed meetings. This report gives T2RL's view on the discussions and issues raised in the move to Offer, Order, Settle, Deliver.
T2RLEngage 2023 Key Takeaways
T2RLEngage 2023 took place on the 18th-20th September hosting nearly 500 delegates with discussions spanning throughout workshops, solutions rooms, panels and keynotes. This report takes you through the key takeaways and learnings.
Virgin Atlantic's Conservative Path to NDC
Virgin Atlantic has relaunched its initiative in NDC sales and servicing with an announcement that it would not penalise other distribution technologies. T2RL assesses this news and how this strategy sets it apart from most of the early adopters.
Transformation Series - OOSD for Sellers
This is the fourth in a series of reports that T2RL has produced during the course of 2023 on the transformation to the new Offer, Order, Settle, Deliver environment. This particular report considers the impact of the changes on those organisations that sell on behalf of the airlines. These are primarily travel agents of various kinds, including the large Online Travel Agencies (OTAs), the major Travel Management Companies (TMCs) and the retail travel agencies that serve a mix of business, leisure and inclusive tour travel.
IBS Software shares to change hands.
Just over 30% of IBS Software's shares change hands for 450 million USD, VK Mathews remains as majority shareholder, Founder and Executive Chairman.
Hitit adds Air Peace as a Customer
Hitit has announced the migration of Air Peace to its platform, Hitit Crane. The deal includes full PSS, IBE, Loyalty and its Mobile App. This is Hitit's fourth migration this year. Air Peace boarded near to 5 million PBs in 2022 and the migration pushes Hitit into second place in the African region with over 15% of the PSS market.
Changing of the Guard at Sabre
Sabre has announced that Kurt Ekert will succeed Sean Menke as CEO on 27 April 2023. This First View explores what this appointment could mean for Sabre and the wider industry.
Major Success for Hitit
Hitit has announced that it has entered a five year contract with Turkish Airlines Group to supply its Crane Passenger Services System to the group's AnadoluJet subsidiary. T2RL speculates what this signing could mean for the PSS vendor and the market as a whole.
From Distribution to Payment
At the start of the year Amadeus launched the spin-off of its payments division into the company Outpayce. At the end of November, Sabre announced its purchase of the company Conferma Pay in August 2022 as well as a recent partnership with Mastercard. This First View assesses the benefits and drawbacks to airlines of using Virtual Credit Cards and why this method of payment may become increasingly important for an airline's travel agency network.
Transition to Normality - T2RL's Industry Outlook
Covid is now just one challenge amongst many. Our recent Industry Outlook paper looks at the external challenges facing airlines and the implications these are having on airline technology and distribution.
Adapting Operations to a Harsher World
It is inevitable that the number and frequency of severe weather events will grow as the climate crisis develops. In addition it is very unlikely that the Covid-19 pandemic and the conflict in Ukraine will be the last such events to impact the airline industry. T2RL speculates what may be next for Operational systems.
Finnair and Amadeus to Pioneer OOSD
Finnair and Amadeus have announced in a press release that Finnair will use Amadeus solutions for both Offers and Orders in a step that will see them cooperate on 'the transformation of airline retailing'. T2RL speculates on what this step could mean for both airlines and IT vendors.
American Airlines: Distribution to the Rescue?
American Airlines (AA) has announced significant changes to its distribution strategy, which follows on from news in October that it has deals with all three major GDSs to distribute NDC content. This First View analyses what this may mean for the market and if this could allow AA to mitigate revenue risk.
Accelya Hires a Big Hitter
Accelya has announced that Sam Gilliland, the former CEO of Sabre, will be its new CEO. Jim Davidson will take the advisory role of Vice Chairman. T2RL speculates what this appointment could mean for Accelya and what options the company has to move forward.
Accelya appoint Sam Gilliland as CEO
Accelya has announced the appointment of ex-Sabre CEO and Chairman, Sam Gilliland, as its next CEO. A seasoned travel industry veteran, Sam brings a wealth of experience from all parts of the travel industry. The announcement comes four years after Sabre's unsuccessful attempt to purchase Farelogix for $360 million, which was consequently sold to Accelya in 2020.
Addressing the Volume Problem in NDC
There has been a great deal of interest lately in the potential problem that NDC traffic between travel sellers, airlines and intermediaries will be too much to handle economically in the available systems. This paper has been produced by T2RL to consider the problem and to assess some existing proposals that have been put forward by industry players. It also considers the proposition put forward by Amadeus that substantial take-up of NDC distribution would put unsustainable stress on NDC offer management systems.
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