Simple Question: When was SABRE First made available to travel agents?
I'm reading Flying HIgh: How JetBlue Founder and CEO David Neeleman Beats the Competition Even in the World's Most Turbulent Industry" -- which is highly recommended, especially if you read it right after Nuts!... It really is great.
Anyways, on page 164-165 In the 1970s, computerized reservation systems were linked to monitors on the desks of travel agents [...] United's Apollo CRS system was the first to be installed in travel agencies in 1976, closely followed by American's SABRE...
... Was it really as late as 1976? My ex-travel agency owner coworker swears that it was earlier -- he thinks he got SABRE for his agency in 71 or 72 (which sounds far more reasonable to me though I would have guessed even earlier than that). (his pseudo city was C2T if that helps date things at all)
Also, just for the heck of it, can anyone tell me (how to figure out) who "owns" the SABRE pseudo city C2T these days?
One last question: Does any one know of any good histories of SABRE from a hardware point of view? Lots has been written about SABRE as a concept but I haven't found much about how a SABRE set on an agent's desk talked to the larger system and the intermediate hardware. (or even pictures of the original SABRE sets)
Thanks and Happy New Year!