December 22, 2010

Orbitz – AA Ruling – Is 2011 the year we will see Permanent Changes in Air Distirbution?

News this week that AA successfully defeated the Orbitz¬† motion for a temporary injunction allowing AA to remove its content from Orbitz has uncovered some interesting news that may foretell major changes in air distribution for 2011 and beyond. As reported in the Beat, sources are indicating that Priceline may be the first of the four major OTAs to contract […]
December 7, 2010

A GDS App Store?

There is no question that 3rd party software developers have had a major impact on the technology market. Whether you look at the role of Zynga providing top Facebook apps such as Farmville or the thousands of 3rd party apps in the mobile app stores, no one can deny the impact of third party development on innovation, but what about […]
November 23, 2010

Inside the PhoCusWright Travel Innovation Summit

It was my pleasure again this year to be co-chair of the PhoCusWright Travel Innovation Summit 2010. The event brought together 33 companies in a fast paced series of 9 minute presentations/demos of innovative travel software. TIS is the brainchild of Bob Offutt (my co-chair) and Philip Wolf, CEO of PhoCusWright. TIS was modeled after the annual Demo Conference where […]
November 10, 2010

Open Axis Group – “Who’s Asking?” – But Do Airlines Really Know?

The Open Axis Group, the not-for-profit industry organization promoting XML- based airline distribution connectivity has produced a video and whitepaper in an effort to persuade the indirect channel (TMCs, Corporate Booking Tools & GDS) to adopt their XML schema to access airline content including ancillary services. A key thrust of this effort is to allow airlines to provide more personalized […]
October 18, 2010

Locations & Beyond Summit 2010

Earlier this month I attended the Locations & Beyond Summit 2010 in San Fransisco. The Summit coincided with the CTIA Enterprise and Applications Fall conference and thus the sessions attracted speakers from all major wireless companies and software companies that support the wireless ecosystem. The workshop began with a keynote address from Rob Carter CIO of FedEx Corporation. Rob spoke […]
October 12, 2010

Amadeus One – An IT Company- But it is Up to the TMC to Decide

During a briefing today with Amadeus they disclosed the fact that their launch customer for Amadeus One, their new Agent desktop platform is not currently an Amadeus GDS client. The Amadeus One application allows agents to use cryptic formats from any of the major GDS or a graphical user interface to create fare and availability queries. The fare and schedule […]