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T2RL have now completed their annual research exercise into global passenger volumes. The findings are based on a bottom up approach (airline by airline) and take into account 1100+ carriers. T2RL's growth for passenger volumes from 2016 is 7.7%.
30 May 2018
PROS and SAP Hybris have announced a partnership that will deliver a valid alternative for airlines seeking a solution for e-commerce and NDC compatible connections. All that's missing now is the DCS for a complete solution set and participation in the PSS market place. Most important was the demonstration at the PROS Outperform customer event of the rearward compatibility with edifact messages. This provides airlines with the ability to manage the transition to a modern digital platform and maintain part of the industry network. PROS investment in Vayant delivers priced availability, SAP's Hybris delivers the merchandising and context for attracting customers. This is an exciting development for the airline industry and will provide some impetus towards a new offer and order based architecture.
17 May 2018
Pakistans national carrier Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has signed a contract with Hitit for its passenger service system on 18th April 2018. PIA will migrate to Hitits Crane platform from its current Sabre reservation system that the airline has used for the past two decades. PIA flew over 4 million passengers in 2017, and will serve as Hitits second largest PSS customer after Pegasus Airlines. No date for migration was provided in the press release.
20 April 2018
Delta Airlines have cutover the Farelogix solution for the calculation of availability for all requests coming from the global distribution systems and airline partners. This is a huge step for Farelogix given the size and scale of Delta Airlines and a massive commercial win. Whilst availability processing is short logical step from the merchandising solution, availability processing is one of the "crown jewels" of airline commercial systems. New technology offers the ability to compute offers in real time on hardware of a modest cost. Amazon, Google and Microsoft have made pay as you go computing a reality offering further cost reductions in the medium to longer-term. Most airlines and their suppliers have had to work very hard and have invested tens of millions of dollars to move shopping away from the more expensive computing environments given the massive increases in volumes of transactions and availability requests from exposure of systems to users, robots and system to system interfaces. Farelogix are clearly looking to disrupt the status quo of the industry. T2RL believe that Amadeus, Sabre, Travelport and Travelsky will be paying very close attention to this news. They will be able to observe system performance first hand given their travel agencies and hosted carriers will be generating billions of requests and consuming the Farelogix responses in real-time. By successfully inserting themselves in the path between the airline inventory and consumers in the indirect channels as a 'single source of truth', Farelogix have made themselves a real target for acquisition.
11 April 2018
Jin Air has completed their migration to IBS PSS (iFly Res) on Sunday 25th March 2018. IBS migrated Jin Air off two systems; Amadeus which was used for International and Korean Airlines TOPAS system which was used for Domestic. This contract with IBS was signed in June 2017 and the migration took just under 9 months. Jin Air is IBS's second Korean airline customer and having carried close to 8.6 million passengers in the year 2017, Jin Air now serves as IBS's second largest iFly customer after SunExpress. Jin Air will also be migrating to their loyalty platform (iFly Loyalty) later in the year.
28 March 2018
Philippine Airlines have chosen to migrate to Amadeus from Sabre. No date for migration was provided in the press release. Philippine Airlines flew over 14 million passengers in 2017 according to statistics published by the Philippine Civil Aviation Board in February 2018. T2RL are unable to comment on any detail about the strategy, decision and project as Philippine Airlines used T2RL's "Procure IT" solutions to issue the RFP and manage the negotiation and contracting process.
19 March 2018
Aeromexico have announced an extension of their contract with Sabre. According to the press release Aeromexico carried some 21 million passengers in 2017. Aeromexico have been growing at an compound annual growth rate of about 6%. No details were included in the press release on the term of the extension to the agreement.
06 March 2018
Last night Japan Airlines completed their migration to the Amadeus Altea PSS. The program of work was one of the longest for Amadeus with significant development required to complete the necessary gaps for operation of the Altea platform in the Japanese market. The Amadeus cutover is a significant step forward in the retirement of the JALCOM system. Japan Airlines will roll out the Amadeus departure control system (DCS) over a period of time which limits the potential for disruption and provides for a smoothing of migration resources.
16 November 2017
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On 1 February 2018 the Airline Tariff Publishing Company (ATPCO) announced the acquisition of Routehappy, an aggregator of so-called “rich content” relating to airline services. In this First View, T2RL assess the implications of this acquisition and its effectiveness in creating the conditions for long-term success.
12 March 2018
This report examines the comings and goings in the industry in 2017. The most significant losses were in Europe where Air Berlin and Monarch both operated their last services. Almost by definition it is not possible to say which will be the most significant of the start-ups until they have been in operation for a few years but it is likely that they will include at least a few major carriers of the future.
Across the world In 2017 52 new airlines were launched and 48 stopped flying. Of the 48, 17 suspended operations with the hope of restarting in the near future.
07 February 2018
British Airways system outage has caused chaos for some 75,000 passengers. T2RL believe BA can not risk their business and brand by designing and specifying the build of their own systems by third-parties, unless they can obtain the same performance or better as those such as market leaders Amadeus or Sabre.
29 May 2017
On November 3, 2016, Amadeus and Optym jointly issued a press release announcing that the two firms have formed a partnership for the purpose of creating a new generation of airline network planning and flight scheduling tools. The two firms will jointly offer a suite of five schedule planning tools covering (1) schedule optimisation, (2) schedule reliability, (3) market forecasting, (4) schedule management, and (5) route frequency optimisation. Product branding will include both companies’ names.
08 November 2016
IBS PLC will supply Lufthansa and Turkish Airline's joint venture SunExpress with their PSS, replacing Hitit. T2RL see the deal as significant for a number of reasons other than the market volume of passengers boarded processed.
22 January 2016
T2RL have updated market shares and business model data. T2RL believe Hitit and Radixx will be attractive to larger providers wishing to grow their business in the fastest growing segments of the PSS market.
26 November 2015
Amadeus' bid for Accenture's Navitaire has the potential to change the PSS market structure for some time. Most customers are unlikely to oppose the deal, but a few commercially savvy airlines will seek to lower cost and improve terms from the acquisition. The deal presents some regulatory risk specifically in Europe, although Amadeus will have undoubtedly taken advice that the markets are quite different.
02 July 2015
In response to Lufthansa's announcement with respect to passing on charges in the GDS channel from 1 September 2015, T2RL have developed a First View perspective and insight for clients.
03 June 2015
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This report is the second of T2RL's annual reports with analysis on the market for airline operations systems. We continue to look into the capabilities that exist, the new capabilities airlines are demanding, and what the service providers are developing as part of their roadmaps and plans. Airlines should use the report to understand vendor capabilities.
06 May 2018
T2RL and partners Travel in Motion (TiM) have produced a report on the current status of IATA's new distribution capability (NDC) including details of pilot projects, vendors and solutions. The report will be updated on a quarterly basis with the next update planned in July 2018.
29 April 2018
T2RL and partners Travel in Motion (TiM) have produced a report on the current status of IATA's new distribution capability (NDC) including details of pilot projects, vendors and solutions. The report will be updated on a quarterly basis with the next update planned in April 2018.
15 February 2018
The 2017 version of the T2RL annual report into the state of the market for Airline Passenger Services Systems. It covers all of the main activity in 2016 and the majority of 2017.
30 November 2017
T2RL’s annual research into global passenger volumes highlights 3.9 billion passengers boarded in the year 2016. This report details the methodology used to collect T2RL's traffic data.
21 November 2017
T2RL and partners Travel in Motion (TiM) have produced a report on the current status of IATA's new distribution capability (NDC) including details of pilot projects, vendors and solutions. The report will be updated on a quarterly basis with the next update planned in January 2018.
03 November 2017
T2RL and partners Travel in Motion (TiM) have produced a report on the current status of IATA's new distribution capability (NDC) including details of pilot projects, vendors and solutions. The report will be updated on a quarterly basis with the next update planned in October 2017.
26 July 2017
This is the third edition of T2RL’s report on retailing in the airline industry. The first edition was prepared and distributed in August 2011. It was updated again in 2016. This edition, published in May 2017, follows on from the six airline retailing opportunities detailed in the last report (Upsell, Cross-sell, Loyalty & Redemption, Digital Marketing & Conversion Optimisation, Revenue Management Optimisation and Multiple Distribution Channels) and expands this model to include three more in the areas of Mobile, Air Pricing and Servicing. The data is derived from T2RL’s extensive research and experience of working with airlines and vendors on the application of information technology to real airline distribution and retailing challenges.
31 May 2017