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…]

Sabre Predicts Clear Skies for Its Airline Distribution and Tech Businesses

Sabre CEO Sean Menke shown at an industry event in Kraków, Poland, in 2017. Sabre, a travel technology company, reported third-quarter earnings, with revenue up 1 percent year-over-year, totaling $984 million. Sabre Skift Take: To paraphrase Sabre executives, airlines in North America are too fat and happy to be bothered to mimic the experiments with … [Read more…]

Why Airlines Keep Creating Even More Types of Fares

Shown here is the “first lounge” of Qantas airlines at the main international airport in Sydney, Australia. Qantas offers fare types like Red eDeal, Flex, and Businesss as a way to squeeze out incremental margin on ticket prices and defend against market share incursions. Qantas Skift Take: Many airline executives insist that their so-called New … [Read more…]

Court Ruling Revives a US Airways Antitrust Case Against Sabre

A U.S. Airways jet departs Washington’s Reagan National Airport next to American Airlines jets outside Washington, February 25, 2013. Reuters Skift Take: A federal appeals court has asked for a partial do-over in antitrust litigation between US Airways and travel tech firm Sabre. After more than eight years and millions of dollars in expenses, the … [Read more…]

TravelSky’s Performance Offers a View of China’s Slowing Air Travel Market

China Eastern Airlines is one of many domestic Chinese airlines to rely on TravelSky, a tech vendor, for its computing needs. TravelSky reported its first-half 2019 earnings on Thursday. China Eastern Airlines Skift Take: New data from China’s travel tech giant TravelSky shows that the country’s pace of air travel growth slowed in the first … [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

Sabre Hunts for More Tech Deals to Overcome Sales Slump

A Sabre conference room at its headquarters in Southlake, Texas. Sabre reported its quarterly earnings on Thursday. The travel technology company based in Southlake, Texas, saw continued growth in distribution. Sabre Skift Take: Sabre’s management must have seen this quarter’s sales slowdown coming. After all, the company’s prior management had underspent in the research and … [Read more…]

Travelport Finally Goes Private This Week in $4.4 Billion Deal

Travelport CEO Gordon Wilson spoke at Skift Tech Forum in June 2018. The company is set to go private in a deal pending regulatory approval. Skift Skift Take: By the end of this week, Travelport is expected to leave the public markets in a $4.4 billion leveraged buyout. After months of waiting, the company can … [Read more…]

Travelport’s Plans to Go Private Held Up by Russian Regulators

Travelport CEO Gordon Wilson was in high spirits when his company debuted on the public markets in New York in 2014. The travel technology company quietly reported its first quarter 2019 earnings on Friday. The company is weeks away from going private. Travelport Skift Take: Russian regulators have put up obstacles to the long-discussed buyout … [Read more…]

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 Slim Leather Travel … [Read more…]