Declaring that "a combination of market deregulation and new technology has now created the right scenario" for change, Star Alliance announced in Tokyo that it "has initiated a major cost-reduction effort" by seeking alternative channels to global distribution systems such as Amadeus, Cendant (Galileo), Sabre and Worldspan through so-called GDS new entrants or GNEs. The GNEs include companies such as ITA Software, best known for its fare-shopping engine, and G2 SwitchWorks, headed by former ...

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