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What Was The First Airline To Offer A Website?  
User currently offlineJoffie From Australia, joined Mar 2006, 806 posts, RR: 2
Posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 10606 times:

Just doing a report of the internet, and history and would be interested in:

1) The first airline to offer a website
(and)
2) First airline to offer online bookings

Thanks Big grin

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User currently offlineFlyibaby From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1017 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 10604 times:

I am 99.9% sure that Alaska Airlines was the first to sell tickets online. They actually cover that in their new hire orientation. I don't know who had a website first.

User currently offlineGunsontheroof From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3502 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 10597 times:

Quoting Flyibaby (Reply 1):
I am 99.9% sure that Alaska Airlines was the first to sell tickets online. They actually cover that in their new hire orientation. I don't know who had a website first.

Beat me to it. I'd imagine they'd have to be among the first to have a website as well...can't really see the point of having a website with no ticket sales!



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User currently offlineHA_DC9 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 653 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 10577 times:

Looks like AS was the first to have a website according to this USA Today article:

http://www.usatoday.com/travel/2005-10-31-airlines-web_x.htm


User currently offlineAtrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5692 posts, RR: 52
Reply 4, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 10562 times:

Hmmh it seems Southwest Airlines was.

Not sure of the difference?

Taken from southwest.com

Southwest was the first airline to establish a home page on the Internet. Initially, five Employees comprised Southwest’s web site development team, and the site took about nine months to create.

In 2005, passenger revenue generated by online bookings equaled 65 percent compared to approximately 59 percent in 2004. In first quarter 2006, approximately 68 percent of passenger revenue was generated by online bookings via southwest.com.

southwest.com is the number one airline website for online revenue according to PhoCusWright. Nielsen/Netratings also reports that southwest.com is the largest airline site in terms of unique visitors.

Alex



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User currently offlineZrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3132 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 10557 times:

While not a true AA website, EasySAAbre was around in 1993/4.


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User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 10468 times:

AS was the pioneer in on-line ticketing. WN had the first website but sold no tickets.

User currently offlineFlyPIJets From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 875 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 10350 times:

Here is a fun website. The internet wayback machine. An archive of websites.

Archive . ORG



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User currently offlineGmcc From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 190 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 10208 times:

AS was the first in the US to sell tickets. An airline in Europe was the first to sell ticket on the internet.

http://www.alaskasworld.com/Newsroom...s/ASstories/AS_20051230_195841.asp


User currently offlineBa757gla From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 760 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 9983 times:

i didnt encounter any airline website until 2000!

User currently offlineEI321 From Iraq, joined Jul 2009, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 9914 times:

Heres another question, what airline has the highest & of internet bookings? Im guessing Ryanair - they have about 98% of bookings made direct from their website. Im surprised southwest is only like 70%

User currently offlineCXH From Canada, joined Oct 2004, 143 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 9732 times:

Quoting Joffie (Thread starter):
Just doing a report of the internet, and history and would be interested in:

1) The first airline to offer a website
(and)
2) First airline to offer online bookings

I guess it depends which question you're asking! Not sure who had the first website, but who took the first booking....

I've always heard that British Midland (now BMI) was the first to offer bookings via a website. I found this link that seems to support it since Alaska's first website booking wasn't until Dec 28, 1995. SITA (yeah, that SITA as in "Gabriel", etc.) fuzzily claims the first BMI booking happened on Dec 10, 1995 or the day after that.

http://www.sita.aero/News_Centre/Pre...of_the_online_fares_revolution.htm

[Edited 2006-09-27 22:23:15]


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User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6346 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 9607 times:

Quoting Atrude777 (Reply 4):
Southwest was the first airline to establish a home page on the Internet. Initially, five Employees comprised Southwest’s web site development team, and the site took about nine months to create.

It is interesting to note, it took WN several years to acquire the southwest.com domain name from a plumbing supply company in the Dallas area...the original WN website was http://www.iflyswa.com/ I remember booking my first web ticket in 1996  Smile



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User currently offlineMoMan From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1054 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 9573 times:

I bought airline tickets off the web in summer 1997 from Southwest. I know I wasn't the first, but no one in my family could believe that I purchased off the web and it was a novelty. The website was www.iflyswa.com.


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User currently offlineLincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 9523 times:

Quoting KELPkid (Reply 12):
It is interesting to note, it took WN several years to acquire the southwest.com domain name from a plumbing supply company in the Dallas area...the original WN website was http://www.iflyswa.com/ I remember booking my first web ticket in 1996

In digging back, it looks like Southwest wasn't the only one...

northwest.com still goes somewhere completely different than the ailine (nwa.com)

Continental was originally found at flycontinental.com, and so on and soforth...

Lincoln



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User currently offlineJano From Slovakia, joined Jan 2004, 827 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 9500 times:

Quoting KELPkid (Reply 12):
It is interesting to note, it took WN several years to acquire the southwest.com domain name from a plumbing supply company in the Dallas area..

the same case for DL. It used to be www.delta-air.com and delta.com was for Delta faucets.



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User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6346 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 9465 times:

AA.com originally belonged to a Japanese chemical company as well (and the website was in Japanese!).


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User currently offlineWSOY From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 9410 times:

Verkkotunnuksen tiedot
Verkkotunnus finnair.fi
Tila Myönnetty
Haettu / Myönnetty 1.1.1991
Voimassaoloaika päättyy 31.8.2009



domain name finnair.fi
status: issued
applied for/issued Jan 1st, 1991
expires Aug 31, 2009

http://www.ficora.fi/englanti/internet/index.htm

(translation from the Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority webpage.)

Their 1998 annual report says paperless tickets ware reserved through internet in 1998. Annual reports:
http://helecon3.hse.fi/FI/yrityspalvelin/company/30.html


User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6346 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 9012 times:

Quoting WSOY (Reply 17):
domain name finnair.fi
status: issued
applied for/issued Jan 1st, 1991
expires Aug 31, 2009

A Domain registry is different from a web site...there might have been a few people around on Jan 1st, 1991 that knew about the CERN world wide web project I certainly didn't (despite the fact that I was a university student who knew about the internet and was using it to e-mail all my friends at other universities). I learned about gopher later that year...ever seen a gopher page?

EDIT: I also learned about ftp and wuarchive.wustl.edu, so that I could download games for my HP 48SX calculator  Wink

[Edited 2006-09-28 03:49:15]


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User currently onlineAeroflot777 From Russia, joined Mar 2004, 3006 posts, RR: 27
Reply 19, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 8309 times:

Quoting FlyPIJets (Reply 7):
Here is a fun website. The internet wayback machine. An archive of websites.

Archive . ORG

Damn you got me addicted. What an amazing website. Thanks for linking! Truly astonishing to see everything evolving. Especially looking back at all the airline websites!

Aeroflot777


User currently offlineDTW757 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1555 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 8240 times:

Quoting Zrs70 (Reply 5):
While not a true AA website, EasySAAbre was around in 1993/4.

If I remember right, I searched for flights back in 1990 or 91 with EasySAAbre on Prodigy.



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User currently offlineUAL757 From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 806 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 8162 times:

I thought AS was the first!! Oh well  confused   Smile

User currently offlineBobster2 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 8051 times:

Quoting Zrs70 (Reply 5):
EasySAAbre

It was eAAsySabre.

The double-A was in the "eAAsy", not the "Sabre".    

[Edited 2006-09-28 07:12:29]

User currently offlinePIA777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1738 posts, RR: 6
Reply 23, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 7998 times:

I could have sworn that United offered online bookings when "Prodigy"
came out in the early 90s.

PIA777



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User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6346 posts, RR: 3
Reply 24, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 7826 times:

Quoting PIA777 (Reply 23):
I could have sworn that United offered online bookings when "Prodigy"
came out in the early 90s.

PIA777

Probably not internet-based, however.

Before the Internet, many online services offered proprietary stuff...Compuserve, IIRC, interfaced with SABRE.  twocents 



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25 F9Animal : Awesome site! Yes, this brings back sooooo many great memories. Thanks!!!!! LMAO! Yeah, I am addicted now myself! I actually had to take a break, as
26 Post contains images Vatveng : Yikes!... that takes me back
27 N1120A : Southwest still sells a lot of tickets that end up on paper ticket stock, namely from their Southwest Airlines Vacations division. Further, they stil
28 Post contains links Noelg : BA were online in March 1997 - http://web.archive.org/web/199703300...7/http://www2.british-airways.com/ I had a newspaper round at the time and saw a
29 WSOY : People always think the CERN www was the start of the Internet, and forget the Internet email and ftp services. In Finland the first Internet domain
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