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What Was The First Airline To Offer A Website?

Wed Sep 27, 2006 1:29 pm

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

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RE: What Was The First Airline To Offer A Website?

Wed Sep 27, 2006 1:36 pm

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.
 
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RE: What Was The First Airline To Offer A Website?

Wed Sep 27, 2006 1:41 pm

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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RE: What Was The First Airline To Offer A Website?

Wed Sep 27, 2006 1:50 pm

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
 
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RE: What Was The First Airline To Offer A Website?

Wed Sep 27, 2006 1:55 pm

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.

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RE: What Was The First Airline To Offer A Website?

Wed Sep 27, 2006 1:59 pm

While not a true AA website, EasySAAbre was around in 1993/4.
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Wed Sep 27, 2006 3:12 pm

AS was the pioneer in on-line ticketing. WN had the first website but sold no tickets.
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RE: What Was The First Airline To Offer A Website?

Wed Sep 27, 2006 9:17 pm

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

Archive . ORG
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RE: What Was The First Airline To Offer A Website?

Wed Sep 27, 2006 10:25 pm

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
 
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RE: What Was The First Airline To Offer A Website?

Thu Sep 28, 2006 12:27 am

i didnt encounter any airline website until 2000!
 
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RE: What Was The First Airline To Offer A Website?

Thu Sep 28, 2006 1:12 am

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%
 
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RE: What Was The First Airline To Offer A Website?

Thu Sep 28, 2006 5:18 am

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

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Thu Sep 28, 2006 7:48 am

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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RE: What Was The First Airline To Offer A Website?

Thu Sep 28, 2006 8:07 am

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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RE: What Was The First Airline To Offer A Website?

Thu Sep 28, 2006 8:39 am

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...

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RE: What Was The First Airline To Offer A Website?

Thu Sep 28, 2006 8:49 am

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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RE: What Was The First Airline To Offer A Website?

Thu Sep 28, 2006 9:00 am

AA.com originally belonged to a Japanese chemical company as well (and the website was in Japanese!).
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RE: What Was The First Airline To Offer A Website?

Thu Sep 28, 2006 9:34 am

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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
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RE: What Was The First Airline To Offer A Website?

Thu Sep 28, 2006 10:47 am

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

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RE: What Was The First Airline To Offer A Website?

Thu Sep 28, 2006 12:52 pm

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!

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RE: What Was The First Airline To Offer A Website?

Thu Sep 28, 2006 1:05 pm

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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RE: What Was The First Airline To Offer A Website?

Thu Sep 28, 2006 1:20 pm

I thought AS was the first!! Oh well  confused   Smile
 
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RE: What Was The First Airline To Offer A Website?

Thu Sep 28, 2006 2:11 pm

Quoting Zrs70 (Reply 5):
EasySAAbre

It was eAAsySabre.

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

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RE: What Was The First Airline To Offer A Website?

Thu Sep 28, 2006 2:53 pm

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

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RE: What Was The First Airline To Offer A Website?

Fri Sep 29, 2006 3:21 am

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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RE: What Was The First Airline To Offer A Website?

Fri Sep 29, 2006 3:50 am

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

Archive . ORG

Awesome site! Yes, this brings back sooooo many great memories. Thanks!!!!!

Quoting Aeroflot777 (Reply 19):
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

LMAO! Yeah, I am addicted now myself! I actually had to take a break, as my neck got stiff, and my eyes got blurry! Great site!
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RE: What Was The First Airline To Offer A Website?

Fri Sep 29, 2006 11:47 am

Quoting KELPkid (Reply 18):
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

Yikes!... that takes me back  old 
 
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RE: What Was The First Airline To Offer A Website?

Fri Sep 29, 2006 11:54 am

Quoting EI321 (Reply 10):
Im surprised southwest is only like 70%

Southwest still sells a lot of tickets that end up on paper ticket stock, namely from their Southwest Airlines Vacations division. Further, they still get a lot of call center traffic.
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RE: What Was The First Airline To Offer A Website?

Fri Sep 29, 2006 8:12 pm

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 an advert on the back of the Sunday Times for BA saying "Now online at http://www.british-airways.com" - and yes it had the "http://" on the address!

I remember thinking - "Wow - an airline internet site", and I went to the cyber cafe in Leicester to have a look! I printed out a photo of Concorde that adorned my bedroom wall for years!
 
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RE: What Was The First Airline To Offer A Website?

Sat Sep 30, 2006 12:17 am

Quoting KELPkid (Reply 18):
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

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 names were registered around 1985. At that time the list I saw with my own 2 eyes of the Finnish domain names fit a screenful on a terminal screen. The domain almost certainly would have been used for email only around 1991, Gopher saw a brief period of use in the early 1990s. I used to subscribe to the BYTE mag in the late 1980s and I remember wondering why nobody's listing their e-mail addresses what I had been using for a while then.

Edit: using the wayback machine I was able to reclaim a 1996 webpage that said "copyright "Finnair 1995-96", so I'm assuming the starting year was 1995.


Another edit: Interestingly, the first wayback machine page for Alaska Airlines was stored in 1997. Were they using AOL, or similar before 1997?

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