Given the rarity of an event of this scale – and also due to the recent bankruptcy and full brand reboot of American – social media is full of pithy comments providing a certain insight into the hive mind.
The announcement of the unification of US Airways and American Airlines marks the end of the current run of consolidation of the major US carriers.
Is there really a difference between mainstream low cost and network carriers? The merger between American Airlines and US Airways might answer that.
In a continuation of the US Airways vs. Sabre drama (read more about it here, here, and here), Sabre has filed a countersuit in New York State court, claiming full denial of US Airways’ accusations.
American Airlines has reiterated claims it wants to reach a “fair settlement” with Sabre and customers booking GDS-connected agents will not be affected in the upcoming antitrust trial.
Morning Scan: Hotels.com re-ups with EPAM, the WaveRider scramjets, Ikea will build hotels, and more travel tech news
Israel restores its hotel ratings system, 18 hikers get into trouble with their smartphones while hiking in Scotland, and other travel tech news that Tnooz is following for 15 August.
A few well-known airlines have embarked on a new trend in growing ancillary revenue streams by actually inventing new services instead of merely unbundling existing ones. American and United announced initiatives in the last couple of days.
The US Justice Department Antitrust Division’s probe of the global distribution systems is apparently alive and well — and travel agencies in North America apparently are getting dragged right into the middle of the fray.
HP may or may not be mulling a plan to shed its PC business, but new agreements with US Airways and Dollar Thrifty highlight how IT services and transportation will remain a core business.