Thursday, October 30, 2008

One year later - a BOOT rumour comes true. Carlson Wagonlit in France (starts) to move from Amadeus to Sabre

Sabre Holdings LogoThe world of GDS is never that fast moving so it is probably no surprise that a GDS rumour that I spread in July 2007 has taken until Oct 2008 to come true. Back then I predicted that Amadeus would lose Carlson Wagonlit in France to Sabre. Well that "Scoop" is now confirmed as true (here is French news story from earlier this month). Of course in saying that the article says that the deal is "still not official" but that "testing is about to start" (my translation) .

This aritcle is about 4 weeks old. Anyone out there have access to something more recent?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It's correct - it's taken this long as Sabre wasn't ready with their Rail / SNCF product.

But the migration is about to start... despite lots of fighting talk from Amadeus and internal resistance within CWT (interesting coincidence: CWT France's MD has just been replaced)

However Amadeus still isn't conceding defeat and they will try every trick in the book...