Southwest vs American - Aviation Cyber Wars | 3
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September 18, 2018
The computer age is on the horizon, and American Airlines has a secret weapon: SABRE. Sure, the airline is top of the heap under the current pen-and-paper reservation system — the one where travel agents use a massive phonebook to look up flights, then call individual airlines to book a ticket. But they’re tired of playing phone tag. The American Society of Travel Agents has plans to roll out a new electronic system, one that could force American to lose its unofficial preferred status. The company has to get its system to market first — and its leaders have to convince the travel agencies to get onboard. But there’s a much bigger threat looming on the horizon, one that could give a big boost to upstart rivals like Southwest Airlines. Deregulation is coming, and when it does it will change everything. Support this show by supporting our sponsors! Lincoln - Learn more about the Well-Connected 2019 Lincoln MKC at lincoln.com/wondery Keeps - Get a free month of treatment free when you visit them at keeps.com/bw