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Accelya to Buy Farelogix in Airline Tech Rollup

Vista Equity Partners founder, chairman, and CEO Robert F. Smith. Vista is investing in an airline tech services group. Vista Equity Partners Skift Take: Vista, the investor behind this merger of airline tech vendors Accelya and Farelogix, is no private equity tourist. The firm has committed tens of billions to technology businesses, and it shows […]

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Airlines Will Tap New Tech in These Uncertain Times to Make It Easier to Change Restricted Tickets

A passenger checks in for a JetBlue flight. Associated Press Skift Take: Many travelers no longer want to take some trips this year for various reasons, even if their flights haven’t been canceled. A new automated solution will speed up the pace at which airlines can rebook passengers by overriding the restrictions on tickets bought […]

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Flying Taxi Tests in Singapore Reveal Rival Visions of the Future

A Volocopter flies in October 2019 with Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands hotel in the background. Volocopter is one of a few flying taxi projects underway worldwide. Nikolay Kazakov / Bloomberg Skift Take: We’ll believe it when we see actual passengers in real flying taxis that authorities have approved as safe. — Sean O’Neill Read the […]

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Amadeus Backs Startup Volantio to Help Airlines Manage Overbooked Flights

A view of the Atlanta office of Volantio, a travel tech startup that has received backing from Amadeus. Volantio Skift Take: Props to Volantio, which won the Air Pitch startup competition at Skift Global Forum last year, for now getting investment and sales support from Amadeus. — Sean O’Neill Read the Complete Story On Skift

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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 […]

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Amadeus Buys Airport Self-Service Baggage Firm to Diversify Further

A view of the self-bag drop lanes for Qantas at Sydney’s International Airport which ICM Airport Technics, a company that Amadeus has just acquired, builds and operates. ICM Airport Technics Skift Take: Automated bag-drop technology may be widespread at major airports, but the rest of the world still has to add the equipment needed for […]

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Datalex Seeks Cash Injection After Debacle on Lufthansa Tech Project

An image of Datalex’s annual report from 2015. The Dublin-based software firm had to restate its 2018 financial results because of an overly rosy estimate of how its project for its most important customer, Lufthansa Group, would progress. Datalex Skift Take: Datalex, which provides tech to help power ticket booking on airline websites, is desperate […]