Galileo (CRS)

The computer reservation system ( CRS) Galileo emerged from the 1971 founded by United Airlines Apollo CRS, which was first introduced for the simplified, computer-aided booking of flights and seat reservations for its own sales offices. As of 1976, this system was under the name of Apollo Travel Services (ATS) also distributed to travel agencies in North America and Japan.

1987 in Swindon, UK founded Galileo Company Ltd. by the shareholders British Airways, Swissair, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Alitalia and Covia (formerly Apollo Travel Services ).

In 1997, the IPO of Galileo International Corporation on the New York Stock Exchange took place. From October 2001 to September 2006, the Cendant Corporation 's sole shareholder and Galileo was an important member of Cendant Travel Distribution Services, in which the tourist activities of Cendant Corporation were united in this. After the split of the Cendant Corporation into four separate companies in 2006, the TDS was sold to the private equity firm Blackstone Group and has since been trading under the name of Travelport. After approval by the antitrust regulators in the U.S. and the EU Travelport has taken the Galileo and Worldspan competitor on 21 August 2007 and started with the merging of the two reservation systems.

Galileo leads the IATA airline code 1G, further operated in parallel Apollo system 1V.

Worldwide, 43,500 travel agencies with the Galileo reservation system and can choose to access rates and availability from over 460 airlines, 23 car rental companies, 58,000 hotels and 430 operators.

The German subsidiary was founded in 1989 in Frankfurt am Main and supervised 21 employees currently about 900 customers.