What the Sabre-Farelogix Antitrust Trial Could Reveal About Airline Technology

An image of a speaker’s dais at the U.S. Department of Justice. On Monday, a Delaware court began hearing arguments in the U.S. Department of Justice’s antitrust lawsuit against Sabre over an acquisition. Brendan Smialowski / Bloomberg Skift Take: It’s notable that we had a much easier time finding experts who supported Sabre’s proposed merger … [Read more…]

Airlines Use New Tech to Create Partnerships That Increase Direct Bookings

Skift Take: New interlining technology is helping airlines simplify how they partner with other airlines and grow direct bookings. — Read the Complete Story On Skift

Duffel Joins Wave of Startups Accelerating Efforts to Reinvent Airline Distribution

Passengers at a boarding gate at Frankfurt airport in a photo take in 2017. Lufthansa is one of the airlines distributing airfares via Duffel, a new travel technology distribution service. Duffel, a company that helps airlines sell their tickets, has quietly amassed more venture capital funding than all other next-generation airline distribution startups. Gregor Schlaeger … [Read more…]

Scalability is Key to Driving Adoption of New Distribution Capability Standards

Skift Take: When it comes to implementing and adopting the New Distribution Capability standards for airline retailing, there needs to be a strong focus on enabling scalability, across the entire retailing, distribution, and fulfillment process. — Read the Complete Story On Skift

Why Etraveli’s Airline Tech Deal Could Catch Airbnb’s Eye

Some developers at work in the Athens, Greece, office of Etraveli, an online travel group based in Sweden. Hopefully they take better care of the software code than the fish in that fish tank. Etraveli Skift Take: We don’t know much about Airbnb’s thinking about launching a flights product, but an unrelated acquisition by Etraveli … [Read more…]

AirAsia Wants to Build an E-Commerce App That Will Overtake Its Airline Biz

Aireen Omar, AirAsia’s group deputy chief executive. Southeast Asia’s biggest budget carrier is in talks with partners to build an online travel sales service beyond offering airplane tickets. Ian Teh / Bloomberg Skift Take: At Skift Forum Asia, AirAsia’s deputy CEO said she was confident that becoming an online travel reseller was “very doable.” The … [Read more…]

Travelport’s Plan to Build Market Share With U.S. Airlines and Agencies

European travel management company BCD uses Travelport to power its TripSource itinerary management app. Travelport, based in the UK, has been expanding its presence in the U.S. BCD Travel Skift Take: Travelport sees an opportunity to gain share with mid-market travel management companies in the U.S., which seems plausible. But it will need to keep … [Read more…]