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Iberia’s Changing Distribution Tactics Reflect Industry Shift

Iberia said its distribution overhaul will speed up its ability in 2022 to roll out new products, such as by letting it more easily bundle seats with ancillaries at new price points. “The technology we’ve adopted is more agile and...

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Sabre Positive On Long-Term Travel Growth

Sabre, in an investor presentation last week, noted the following: In 44 of the past 50 years, the number of global airline passengers increased from the year prior. And in those six years where traffic did decline, it never declined...

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Amadeus: Turkish Airlines a Potential Upgrade Customer

Amadeus, in its latest earnings call, mentioned Turkish Airlines as a prime candidate for a passenger service system (PSS) upgrade. “Turkish is a very close customer to us,” said CEO Luis Maroto. “We provide them with different functionalities. And we...

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Deloitte Tops BTN’s List of Corporate Travel Spenders

Business Travel News (BTN) published its latest ranking of the 100 largest U.S. corporate travel buyers, who collectively spent almost $12b on U.S.-originating trips last year. That was a record. At the top of the list was Deloitte, one of...

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Datalex: Airline Digitial Channels Show Sales Growth

Datalex, an Irish software company specializing in airline distribution solutions, cited four emerging trends at its annual shareholders meeting. One is that sales through digital direct channels (like an airline’s own web and mobile sites) are recovering at a faster...

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Sabre, Amadeus See No Recovery in Bookings

Both Sabre and Amadeus, in their Q1 earnings calls, used the term “severe” to describe the impact of the Covid crisis. Neither company sees much meaningful improvement in travel demand yet. Both, like airlines, are in liquidity preservation mode. And...

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Sabre Makes Changes

For Sabre, 80% of its revenues are directly tied to air traffic transaction volumes. You can then figure out just how difficult things are for the company right now. Gross bookings declined by 8%, 17% and 70% y/y, in January,...

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Despegar Warns of Covid Effects

Virus fears are reaching even Latin America, about as distant as you can get from Wuhan. Despegar, a leading online travel retailer in the region, expressed concern in its latest earnings call about two second-order effects. One is what the...

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Can Sabre Emulate Amazon?

During its Q4 earnings call, Sabre outlined a $150m investment plan to achieve several key goals, including a migration away from relying heavily on transaction-based GDS fees for revenues. It instead wants to charge airlines (and hotels) to help them...

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MakeMyTrip Faces Macroeconomic Headwinds

Indian online travel agency (OTA) MakeMyTrip said macroeconomic headwinds affected its calendar Q4 earnings, even as the Indian government works to improve airport infrastructure. The International Monetary Fund has downgraded India’s GDP growth to 4.8% for the current fiscal year,...

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