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Pakistans national carrier Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has migrated from Sabre to Hitit on 12th September 2018. This agreement with Hitit was signed in April 2018 and the migration took just under 5 months. PIA will now use Hitit's Crane solutions for PSS, IBE, revenue accounting, flight operations, scheduling and crew management functions.
17 September 2018

Sky Angkor Airlines from Cambodia has migrated from AeroCRS to TravelSky's new QUICK (PRS) Passenger Retailing System. Sky Angkor Airlines is the first airline to migrate onto TravelSky's new QUICK platform which was launched at the end of 2017. QUICK PRS was developed over a period of 2 years, and supports the initiative of increasing TravelSky's global presence.
06 September 2018

Radixx has announced the launch of their new departure control system in partnership with Ink Aviation. Radixx & Ink Aviation have combined their skills to develop a cloud based DCS product suite 'Radixx Go' that provides airlines with new mobile and self-service technology. 'Radixx Go' enables passenger touch points on multiple devices thus moving DCS closer to the passenger.
05 September 2018

Radixx has annouced their newest airline customer, Sunwing Airlines. The airline will migrate to Radixx PSS & EZY IBE.
09 August 2018

Start-up carrier Cambodia Airways commenced operations on 10th July 2018 and is the first airline to go live on the Radixx NextGen retailing platform.
18 July 2018

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


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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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T2RL’s annual research into global passenger volumes highlights 4.2 billion passengers boarded in the year 2017. The purpose of this report is to provide an industry standard on current, historical and forecast global air passenger volumes.
10 September 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 October 2018.
30 July 2018

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



 
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