This Airlines Deal Portends More Back-End Shakeups on Tech and Data

A Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-200 takes off. The airline is a customer of Airfare Insight (AFI), which is moving from SITA to ATPCO. Singapore AirlinesSkift Take: ATPCO’s acquisition of fare management tech from SITA probably won’t be the last project airlines will reassign. This month’s appointment of Alex Zoghlin as CEO of ATPCO suggests further…… Continue reading This Airlines Deal Portends More Back-End Shakeups on Tech and Data

What Travel CEOs Are Saying About the Siege on the Capitol

The capitol building in Washington D.C., the site of Wednesday’s insurrection by Trump supporters. SkiftSkift Take: A handful of travel leaders were quick to condemn the violence and terror that we all witnessed among Donald Trump’s supporters on Wednesday in Washington. The top execs’ bottom line: It’s not who we are. — Tom Lowry Read…… Continue reading What Travel CEOs Are Saying About the Siege on the Capitol

How India’s SpiceJet Is Using Tech to Innovate During the Pandemic

A SpiceJet Boeing aircraft in India. SpiceJet Skift Take: SpiceJet has championed reforms of airport processes that have already changed how all air travelers in India fly on all airlines. In a move reported here first, the budget carrier will begin to sell some of the tech it has developed to other airlines. — Sean…… Continue reading How India’s SpiceJet Is Using Tech to Innovate During the Pandemic

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 PartnersSkift 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 signs…… Continue reading Accelya to Buy Farelogix in Airline Tech Rollup

Airlines suspend alcohol service

We all know that air travel is going to look very different due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but temperature checks, canceled flights, and empty middle seats are the least of our problems. The real issue is that some airlines are banning alcohol on their flights. To limit contact between passengers and crew, EasyJet and Virgin…… Continue reading Airlines suspend alcohol service

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 PressSkift 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 before…… Continue reading Airlines Will Tap New Tech in These Uncertain Times to Make It Easier to Change Restricted Tickets

Expedia Versus Airbnb’s Industry Recovery Plans and 10 Other Top Coronavirus Travel Stories This Week

A Chinese traveler at an airport May 27, 2020. Expedia Group launch a recovery plan to stimulate travel demand. AdobeSkift Take: In our coronavirus-related stories this week, Skift covered Expedia Group’s industry recovery plan, the United Airlines CEO’s hopes to avoid bankruptcy, hotel rate negotiations with corporate travel agencies, and what 100,000 coronavirus deaths in…… Continue reading Expedia Versus Airbnb’s Industry Recovery Plans and 10 Other Top Coronavirus Travel Stories This Week

The Travel Industry Refunds Conundrum: Survival Versus Doing the Right Thing

A passenger wears a protective mask at Adolfo Suarez-Barajas international airport on the outskirts of Madrid, Spain, March 11, 2020. Bernat Armangue / Associated PressSkift Take: If you ordered a book and it never arrived, you’d expect a refund. Simple. But if you booked a hotel and couldn’t get there because of lockdowns, you’d probably…… Continue reading The Travel Industry Refunds Conundrum: Survival Versus Doing the Right Thing

Airports Look to Tech to Ensure Social Distancing of Flyers

A woman walks through an international terminal at Los Angeles International Airport on March 11, 2020. Lucy Nicholson / ReutersSkift Take: Mind the gap. — Sean O’NeillRead the Complete Story On Skift

Farelogix Pushes Seat Distancing Tech for Airlines After the Sabre Merger Collapses

American Airlines has been installing new interiors. The carrier is a significant customer of Farelogix, an airline tech vendor. AmericanSkift Take: Farelogix CEO Jim Davidson says the pandemic presents opportunities. Yet despite that brave face, it’s hard to see Farelogix facing anything but revenue declines during the crisis now that it’s lost the Sabre acquisition.…… Continue reading Farelogix Pushes Seat Distancing Tech for Airlines After the Sabre Merger Collapses