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Re: Airlines Stick E-Commerce in Coach
Posted by: ECT News 2001-03-19 05:39:30

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News about Orbitz, the multi-airline mega-site that promised to revolutionize
the way Internet users make travel reservations, began to appear almost two
years ago -- before the site even had a name. T2 (aka Travelocity Terminator)
was the working title. Now it has a name, but no functionality. Go figure.

Early on, it sounded as though T2 would smoothly take e-commerce to the
next level of respectability and into mainstream America. Now? Well, let's
just say this. Watching Orbitz prepare for arrival has made for one turbulent ride.

Re: Airlines Stick E-Commerce in Coach
Posted by: Carton Luc 2001-03-19 05:46:25 In reply to: ECT News
Hello Paul,
I agree completely with your analysis of Orbitz. Please see my article written last August 2000 and called "Orbitz, no future":
Hotwire is also a big threat for Orbitz as they are supposed to offer the same low price air fares...

Re: Airlines Stick E-Commerce in Coach
Posted by: AirAmerica 2001-03-28 11:37:37 In reply to: Carton Luc
I have to disagree. I think Orbitz.com, by cutting out the middleman of the ticketing services and getting them from the airlines in most cases, helps the consumer. It gets rid of the Ticketmaster of the airline world. People will always have needs for travel agents, but let's have more competition online! I have accessed the beta version of the fare search and I think it works quite well.
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