GDS news from Travelport, Amadeus, Sabre, Abacus – September 2012

Product news, releases, projects and more from the global distribution systems during September 2012 – all here, in one easy read.

More recent updates first:

Thursday 27 September 2012:

  • Amadeus and Qantas sign content distribution extension. The long-term deal sees Amadeus agents continue to have access to the Australia-based carrier’s full range of fares, inventory and schedules, as well as ancillary services such as last seat selection.
  • Travelport signs distribution agreement with Nasair. The deal is the first time the Saudi Arabia-based low cost carrier has published fares and inventory through a GDS. Galileo and Worldspan-connected agents will have access to the airline’s product. In addition, Nasair will use Travelport’s ETDBaseTM on the IT side of it operations, an e-ticket database hosting service to store  and manage electronic ticket data for online and interline e-ticketing.
  • Sabre inks deal with Italian high speed rail operator Trenitalia. The operator’s Frecciarossa, Frecciargento and Frecciabianca services will soon be available for Sabre-connected agents to book product anywhere in the world. Trenitalia will use Sabre Rail Connect technology so that fares, using the code 7T, will appear alongside air fares in the Sabre Air display.
  • Amadeus taps Sabre for UK marketing boss position. Rob Sinclair-Barnes will become director of marketing for UK & Ireland and leaving the role of marketing director EMEA at Sabre. He has previously worked as group head of publishing for First Choice Holidays and at the BBC.
  • Travelport takes a tablet to combine the social graph of Facebook with activities, flights and hotels

Wednesday 26 September 2012:

Tuesday 25 September 2012:

Monday 24 September 2012:

  • Travelport inks distribution deal with Gulf Air. The renewal gives Travelport GDS-connected agents worldwide access to the full range of published fares and inventory from the Bahrain-based carrier. The deal is effective immediately.
  • Amadeus debuts on Dow Jones Sustainability Index. The company will be ranked in the Support Services sector, allowing investors to view how organisations are tracked for corporate areas such as social responsibility performance.
  • Group bookings with a twist and the food trip travel service win THack @ SFO

Wednesday 19 September 2012:

Tuesday 18 September 2012:

  • Sabre signs distribution deal with Air France-KLM for full content and ancillary services. The multi-year agreement will see Sabre-connected agents given access to fares and availability as well as the ability to book Economy Comfort seat on KLM. Air France will also use Sabre’s group booking technology.
  • Pullman and Sofitel join Lowest Public Rate Programme from Travelport. The Accor-owned hotel chains, with 190 properties between them, will guarantee agents access to the lowest publicly available rate.
  • Amadeus pushes Offers service to agents in North America. The system, available on the Amadeus Selling Platform, Amadeus Selling Platform Connect, Amadeus Web Services, within Checkmytrip and Amadeus e-Travel Management, allows agents to store trip options in the same passenger name record (PNR) as the itinerary, send professionally branded, pre-formatted emails with travel offers, manage multiple trip options, client proposals and itineraries, and access trip details 24/7.
  • Travel Traction: Five lessons travel startups can learn from industry veterans [VIDEO]

Monday 17 September 2012:

Thursday 13 September 2012:

Wednesday 12 September 2012:

Monday 10 September 2012:

Friday 7 September 2012:

Thursday 6 September 2012:

Tuesday 4 September 2012:

Monday 3 September 2012:

Previous GDS updates:

NB: Globe technology image via Shutterstock.

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  1. DonETT

    Monday 2 September 2012: ??
    Tuesday 3 September 2012: ??

    • Kevin May

      Kevin May

      @donETT – thx! You’ve spotted this week’s deliberate mistake!!! Congrats 🙂


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