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Sabre Preps for a World Where Global Corporate Travel Lags a Broader Rebound

A United Airlines 787 Dreamliner. This week United said it had extended its global distribution agreement where it provides travel agents access to its airfares and other content through the Sabre travel marketplace. United Skift Take: A crisis makes reputations. Sabre’s top bosses have seen the pandemic render useless their old playbook for handling a collapse in […]

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Travelport Strikes Deal With Creditors That For Now Could Save It From Bankruptcy

A man wears a protective mask as he walks on Wall Street during the coronavirus outbreak in New York City, New York, U.S., March 13, 2020. Travelport is in a standstill agreement with its Wall Street creditors, holding off lenders until September in a $1.15 billion dispute over alleged debt defaults. Lucas Jackson / Reuters […]

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Travelport Seeks Sharper Distribution Edge Despite Pandemic’s Hit to Revenue

Southwest Airlines operations during the coronavirus outbreak in April 2020. Southwest added participation in Travelport’s reservation systems this year. Stephen M. Keller / Southwest Airlines Skift Take: Travelport’s response to the pandemic shows that purpose can defy skeptics. But uncertainty around the fate of its eNett sale may last for months. — Sean O’Neill Read […]

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Travelport Gets Stiffed by Coronavirus as Wex Walks Away From $1.7 Billion Payments Deal

Widely divergent payment methods around the world provide an opportunity for disruption. Wex informed Travelport that it wants to back out of its agreement to buy eNett and Optal. Grab Skift Take: It is likely back to square one for Travelport, which has tried to sell its hottest commodity, payments provider eNett, for years. It’s […]

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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]