Why National Airlines Aren't Economically Justifiable

Posted by Glenn Hollister on Tue, Dec 18, 2018

Last year, Qatar Airways, part of the Middle East 3 (ME3) airlines with Etihad Airways and Emirates Airlines and backed by the Qatari government, bought a 49% stake in Meridiana, Italy’s second-largest airline, and renamed it Air Italy. The purchase was a way to expand the airline’s footprint as Qatari planes now fly routes from Italy to the U.S. But when Air Italy announced that it was adding even more flights to the U.S. earlier this month, U.S. airlines and lawmakers cried foul, saying that Air Italy would not be able to add these routes without Qatar Airways’ financial backing, thus violating (if not technically then at least in spirit) an agreement signed by the ME3 last year vowing that the Gulf carriers would not add such routes.


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Sabre's Surprising Acquisition of Farelogix Puts It on Cutting Edge of Air Travel Sales

Posted by Glenn Hollister on Wed, Nov 28, 2018

This article originally was published on Nov. 20, 2018, on Forbes.com.

Given the history of animosity between the two companies, it was a surprise to many in the industry when news broke this month that travel technology company Sabre Corporation is acquiring software company Farelogix, a specialist in airline fares and pricing. One executive stated that, “You-know-what just froze over.” Indeed, Farelogix’s blog still contains posts, like this one, penned by Jim Davidson, the CEO of Farelogix, about his legal interactions with Sabre.


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Don't Overlook Regional Airports' Importance

Posted by Glenn Hollister on Mon, Oct 15, 2018

This article originally was published on Oct. 8, 2018, on Forbes.com.

OAG has released its third-annual “Megahub” studies of international and United States airport connectivity. The studies calculate the number of unique online connections that a traveler can make at a given airport on the day of the year with the most flights at that airport. This year’s results are generally unsurprising, with London’s Heathrow retaining its ranking as the most connected airport in the world, followed by Chicago O’Hare, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Toronto Pearson. Domestically, the most connected airport is O’Hare, followed by Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas-Fort Worth and Denver. 


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An Emirates Takeover of Etihad Makes Sense for Everyone

Posted by Glenn Hollister on Thu, Sep 27, 2018

This article originally was published on Sept. 20, 2018, on Forbes.com

Bloomberg reported last week that Emirates is in early talks to take over Etihad’s airline assets, which would create the world’s largest airline by passenger volume. The potential merger has been the subject of frequent speculation throughout the industry for a while, and it makes sense: Both airlines have a similar business model, relying on a large volume of connecting traffic to fill planes that also carry a smaller population of high-yield traffic. They also have similar planes in their fleets and similar service levels and customer experiences. The integration of the two carriers should be easier than past industry mergers.   


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Three Things Disney Can Teach You About Analytics

Posted by Glenn Hollister on Thu, Sep 06, 2018

I’ve just returned from a couple of days in Orlando, where I attended the Disney Data and Analytics Conference. (The annual conference is aimed primarily at Disney employees but is also open to outsiders, and it has been running for more than 15 years.) In many ways, Disney is the gold standard in creating travel experiences that inspire loyalty from fans around the globe, and analytics play a huge role in that success. Here are my top three takeaways from the conference:


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