Global distribution system

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A global distribution system (GDS) is a computerised network system owned or operated by a company that enables transactions between travel industry service providers, mainly airlines, hotels, car rental companies, and travel agencies.wikipedia
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Computer reservation system

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GDS is different from a computer reservations system, which is a reservation system used by the service providers (also known as vendors).
global distribution systems (GDS) to book and sell tickets for multiple airlines.

Travel agency

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A global distribution system (GDS) is a computerised network system owned or operated by a company that enables transactions between travel industry service providers, mainly airlines, hotels, car rental companies, and travel agencies.
Travel agencies use the services of the major computer reservations systems, also known as global distribution systems (GDS), including: Amadeus CRS, Galileo GDS, Sabre, and Worldspan, which is a subsidiary of Travelport, which allow for comparison and sorting of hotel and flight rates with multiple companies.

Airline reservations system

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A mirror image of the passenger name record (PNR) in the airline reservations system is maintained in the GDS system.
A computer reservation system is used for the reservations of a particular airline and interfaces with a global distribution system (GDS) which supports travel agencies and other distribution channels in making reservations for most major airlines in a single system.

Passenger name record

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A mirror image of the passenger name record (PNR) in the airline reservations system is maintained in the GDS system.
This is typically one of the large Global Distribution Systems, such as Amadeus, Sabre, or Travelport (Apollo, Galileo, and Worldspan) but if the booking is made directly with an airline the PNR can also be in the database of the airline’s CRS.

Amadeus CRS

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Some GDS systems (primarily Amadeus CRS and SABRE) also have a dual use capability for hosting multiple computer reservations system, in such situations functionally the computer reservations system and the GDS partition of the system behave as if they were separate systems.
Amadeus is a computer reservation system (or global distribution system, since it sells tickets for multiple airlines) owned by the Amadeus IT Group with headquarters in Madrid, Spain.

Amadeus IT Group

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While the most famous GDS systems globally are Amadeus, Sabre and Travelport (Galileo, Worldspan and Apollo) there are other smaller regional GDS systems in specific markets.
The company is structured around two areas: its global distribution system and its IT Solutions business area.

Travelport

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While the most famous GDS systems globally are Amadeus, Sabre and Travelport (Galileo, Worldspan and Apollo) there are other smaller regional GDS systems in specific markets.
It is the smallest, by revenue, of the top three global distribution system(GDS) operators compared to Amadeus IT Group and Sabre Corporation.

KIU System

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e.g. Travelsky is a state owned company in China, and KIU System is a PSS and GDS used in Latin America,
KIU is a cloud hosted Computer Reservations System and Global Distribution System used by airlines, travel agencies and hosted airlines GSAs worldwide.

Lufthansa

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Lufthansa Group announced in June 2015 that it was imposing an additional charge of €16 when booking through an external Global Distribution System rather than their own systems.
On 1 September 2015, Lufthansa implemented a 16 euro surcharge on Global Distribution System bookings.

Travel itinerary

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If a passenger books an itinerary containing air segments of multiple airlines through a travel agency, the passenger name record in the GDS system would hold information on their entire itinerary, each airline they fly on would only have a portion of the itinerary that is relevant to them.

Sabre (computer system)

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Some GDS systems (primarily Amadeus CRS and SABRE) also have a dual use capability for hosting multiple computer reservations system, in such situations functionally the computer reservations system and the GDS partition of the system behave as if they were separate systems. While the most famous GDS systems globally are Amadeus, Sabre and Travelport (Galileo, Worldspan and Apollo) there are other smaller regional GDS systems in specific markets.

Comparison shopping website

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Also, multiple price comparison websites eliminate the need of dedicated GDS for point-in-time prices and inventory for both travel agents and end-customers.

Air France–KLM

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Several other airlines including Air France–KLM and Emirates Airline also stated that they are following the development.

Emirates (airline)

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Several other airlines including Air France–KLM and Emirates Airline also stated that they are following the development.

ATPCO

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The users of ATPCO’s data are Global Distribution Systems (GDS), such as Sabre, Amadeus, Travelport, and their associated travel agents; the Central Reservation Systems (CRS) of airlines; online travel agencies (OTA) such as Expedia, Orbitz, and Travelocity; and other service providers in the travel industry.

Mystifly

It allows travel businesses to source airfares from global distribution systems (GDS), airlines and other airfare suppliers.

Travicom

Travicom was the trading name of Travel Automation Services Ltd, a travel technology company based in the United Kingdom providing a global distribution system between airlines and travel agencies.

Sabre Corporation

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It is the largest Global Distribution Systems provider for air bookings in North America.

Yield management

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Deregulation is generally regarded as the catalyst for yield management in the airline industry, but this tends to overlook the role of Global Distribution Systems (GDSs).

Travel Technology Interactive

It provides an Airline Reservations System with an integrated Global Distribution System (GDS).

Videcom International

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The system is connected to the Global Distribution Systems of Sabre, Amadeus, Galileo, Worldspan and Abacus, which travel agents use to make airline bookings, and is also connected to other airline systems for interline bookings.

WorldTicket

Sell-More-Seats is integrated with the Global Distribution Systems and is built on HTML 5 technology and follows IATA e-ticket standards.

Worldspan

Its primary system is commonly known as a Global Distribution System (GDS), which is used by travel agents and travel related websites to book airline tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars, tour packages and associated products.

HotelOnline

The company provides a cloud-based suite of tools for rates and reservations management, AI-driven dynamic pricing, and distribution to online marketing channels, such as Online Travel Agents (OTAs), Global Distribution Systems, and metasearch engines.

Nile Air

In January 2011, the airline became the first private Egyptian airline to publish its schedule and flight availability on the Global Distribution System (GDS) and is now covered on all 3 GDS systems; Amadeus, Sabre Corporation & Travelport.