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Corp Travel Agencies Face More Airfare Uncertainty as Carriers Miss Distribution Deal Deadlines

Air France-KLM struck a private channel agreement with Amadeus in 2018. Airbus SAS Skift Take: The juries are still out over whether airlines and the global distribution systems will kiss and make up soon. Corporate travel agencies will be hoping it won’t be much longer though, otherwise some may face the prospect of having to […]

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Travelsky Puts On a Brave Face as Chinese Flight Demand Slowly Rebounds

A China Southern aircraft. All Chinese airlines use travel technology firm TravelSky’s systems to manage their domestic businesses. China Southern Skift Take: Travelsky, China’s travel technology giant, said it will weather the coronavirus-related plunge in air travel without needing to lay off workers. Remarkably, in January it added a tool to its popular flight app […]

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Amadeus Highlights Meager 1 Percent Air Traffic Growth in 2020 Outside China

Amadeus, the global provider of technology solutions for the travel industry, has its research and development center in near Nice, France at Sophia Antipolis. Amadeus is a bellwether for global air travel because it’s the sector’s largest technology provider. Cornavirus drove steep booking declines in February 2020. Amadeus Skift Take: Amadeus, the world’s largest provider […]

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Amadeus Buys Optym’s Flight Network Planning Tech

Amadeus is acquiring Optym, a technology company that helps airlines with planning and scheduling their flight networks. Bloomberg Skift Take: Amadeus was smart to acquire Optym’s well-regarded software for helping airlines optimize their flight networks. While this deal is small, the tech giant is signaling its commitment to the airline technology and airport services space […]

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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 […]

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Skyscanner Wants to Be Instagram-Like in Selling Flights

An image of Skyscanner’s mobile app after the September 2019 rebranding of the company. Skyscanner Skift Take: We can shop for TVs and clothes on our phone, but booking flights remains stubbornly old school. Skyscanner is one of a few online players working with airlines to fix that. — Sean O’Neill Read the Complete Story […]

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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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Amadeus Traveler Data Exposed in a Thwarted Data Leak

An image of Tel Aviv’s international airport, Ben Gurion. A database of an Israeli travel tech subsidiary of Amadeus exposed the records of many passengers before being fixed. Israel Airports Authority Skift Take: Case closed, and no harm done. But data breaches seem never-ending. — Sean O’Neill Read the Complete Story On Skift

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Amadeus Finds Fastest Growth Overseas in North America

Amadeus IT Group reported positive growth in the first quarter of 2019, supported by more than 14 percent year-over-year growth in North America. Amadeus Skift Take: Texas-based Sabre can no longer take for granted its home market of North America as Amadeus attempts to make inroads on the continent. — Sean O’Neill Read the Complete […]

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IHG Sees Room for Improvement in Hotel Revenue Management

Shown here is the lobby of the Crowne Plaza Hefei Shi in Anhui Sheng, China. Parent company InterContinental Hotels has been changing its tech platform to offer more creative booking options. InterContinental Hotels Group Skift Take: InterContinental Hotels Group aims to use its new reservations system from Amadeus to set and shift rates based on […]