Amadeus, a global leader in technology and distribution solutions for the travel and tourism industry and Air France - KLM, the largest airline group in Europe, have agreed to extend their full content agreement until December 2013. The agreement guarantees Amadeus travel agents worldwide access to the entire range of fares, schedules and inventory relating to more than 74.8 million seats and 90.000 flights operated annually by Air France and KLM.
Jean Wieviorka, VP Corporate and Distribution, Air France and KLM, said: “Travel agencies are an essential part of our global sales strategy. We are delighted to have reached a cost-effective distribution agreement that will continue to give Amadeus travel agents worldwide an efficient access to the wide range of Air France - KLM services and fares”.
The full content agreement also includes the content of subsidiary airlines Martinair and VLM and ensures access to the same content through Amadeus as through any other direct or indirect sales channel, distribution provider or website.
“Amadeus is committed to securing long-term full content partnerships with the world’s leading airlines providing continued stability in the travel distribution marketplace. Under the terms of this agreement, Amadeus agents now have access to all Air France-KLM group content on a worldwide basis, which is a great move forward from our preceding pan-European agreement” says Philippe Chérèque, Executive Vice President, Commercial, Amadeus.
Amadeus has recently announced long-term full content agreements with key airlines including British Airways (3 years), Iberia (5 years), Lufthansa and Swiss (5 years), SAS Group (5 years) and Virgin Atlantic (3 years).
More than 80% of all airline bookings sold by Amadeus travel agencies worldwide are made on airlines with content agreements. This represents over 280 million bookings a year.