Sabre Travel Network, a global technology company serving travel agencies and suppliers, has unveiled “Clipboard Red App” as a new app to its Sabre Red App Centre. Sabre launched Sabre Red App Centre in March 2012. Sabre Red is the desktop terminal that Sabre’s network of travel agents use. Sabre Red App Centre is a centralised repository of apps for Sabre Red desktop application.
Earlier, airlines sold their products directly to customers. No big deal, then. It was easy. Then, evolved the GDS (Global Distribution System). The complexities evolved too. Next, various other distribution channels like OTAs, Meta-Search engines, Web Services and many other travel intermediaries evolved. All these are “non-direct-channels” or “indirect channels”. While the indirect channel solved a lot of problem for airlines, it also brought a great level of complexity and challenge in managing it.
Would you want to understand the history behind Computer Reservation System (CRS), Global Distribution System (GDS), why and how these two systems were formed, what’s the merit/demerit of one over the other, below two videos are a must to checkout. Evolution of CRS and GDS well explained in animation.
Very informative article on “Private GDS Codes for hotels”: http://www.expresshospitality.com/20071015/edge01.shtml
It’s a brilliant article. Must read.
The codes MU, HI, MC, PD etc that you see in front of the hotel names in the below screen – they are called private GDS codes. This is a Amadeus GDS booking terminal.
Galileo International was founded in 1971 by United Airlines. UA introduced the Apollo CRS, for use in their own offices to automate seat reservation, booking and tracking. Five years later, United created the Apollo Travel Services (ATS) division, and the Apollo CRS was marketed to travel agencies in North America and Japan.
Founded in 1987 by Air France, Iberia, Lufthansa, and SAS. headquartered in Madrid. Amadeus is the youngest of the four major GDS companies. It has an uptime of 99.99%. Response time of this GDS is <0.3 seconds. There are about 4,00,000 users of Amadeus GDS worldwide. This GDS processes 58,00,00,000 messages per day. Number of properties in this GDS reached 80,000 (by Dec 2008) providing a vast choice for travel agents and greater visibility for the participating hotels. Amadeus boasts an annual revenue of $ 2.4 billion.
Source: Amadeus.com, wikipedia.org, www.travelweeklyweb.com
About Sabre GDS
Sabre GDS, the first system to connect buyers and sellers of travel, includes more than 400 airlines, 76,000 hotels, 28 car rental companies, 13 cruise lines, 35 railroads and 220 tour operators. In 2005, more than 900 travel providers displayed information about their products and services through the Sabre system and an estimated $80 billion worth of travel-related products were sold. For 11 consecutive years, the Sabre GDS has been selected as the world’s leading GDS by more than 500,000 travel agents who vote in the prestigious World Travel Awards.
What is GDS?
GDS is a worldwide computerized reservation network system used as a single point of access for reserving airline seats, hotel rooms, rental cars, and other travel related items by travel agents, online reservation sites, and large corporations.