Airlines propose new ticketing system

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    http://www.tennessean.com/article/20130314/BUSINESS01/303140067/2047/BUSINESS

    Airlines worldwide are asking the U.S. Department of Transportation for permission to adopt a new computer language for their ticket sales, as a step toward personalizing airfares for travelers.

    The goal of the International Air Transport Association, which represents airlines globally, is to create a ticket-sales system that would compete with online comparison and booking sites Travelocity, Orbitz and Expedia. The IATA previously developed standards for paper tickets, three-letter airport codes and bar codes for baggage tags.

    But consumer groups, online travel agents and business travel managers oppose the airlines’ proposal. They’re worried that personalizing tickets will make it harder to compare prices.


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    Oh yes, it will indeed make it harder to compare prices.
     
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    orbitz started as an airline response to priceline and expedia. I worked at Worldspan back then, orbitz was billed as the way to clear out remaining inventory at deeply discounted prices. Amusing that they're still concerned after 13 years.

    Ironic that Worldspan, back then, also provided data to priceline and expedia...
     

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