By working with the leading UK rail booking application providers and offering greater integration of these solutions into Amadeus Selling Platform and e-Travel Management, Amadeus is able to provide its UK customers with unprecedented flexibility to choose the rail solution that best meets their business needs.
Amadeus has developed a successful partnership with Evolvi since early 2009 to offer a UK rail booking solution to corporate travellers through its e-Travel Management system and to travel retailers through Amadeus Selling Platform. Today Amadeus and Evolvi are announcing the completion of further joint development with the launch of Evolvi UK Rail (ERS Ltd) as an Integrated Partner with Amadeus e-Travel Management (AeTM). This solution offers a complete end to end Management Information rich rail booking solution to the end user who will be able to use the familiar AeTM booking environment with the added convenience of ERS’ comprehensive rail content, market leading travel policy compliance routines and easy to use functionality that has proved popular with the UK corporate rail travellers.
The Integrated Partner solution was successfully piloted with Barrhead Travel, and Mark Brock, Associate Director, commented, “I am confident that our corporate travellers will find the solution incredibly easy to use as they can access air, rail, hotel and car content all in one place and in a familiar environment for a seamless booking experience”.
Furthermore, Amadeus has commenced discussions with the thetrainline.com to explore opportunities to integrate its rail booking solution for Amadeus e-Travel Management corporate users and travel retailers using Amadeus Selling Platform.
Tim Russell, MD of Amadeus UK says: “Based on customer demand and feedback, Amadeus has taken the decision to offer our corporate and travel retailer customers the opportunity to work with the leading rail booking specialists in the UK rather than focus on our own travel agency point-of-sale solution. By offering deeper integration between Evolvi and Amadeus solutions, our customers will enjoy an even faster, streamlined and easy-to-use rail booking experience.
The UK has one of the largest and most complex domestic rail offerings in the world and Amadeus’ strategy in the UK is to ensure our customers have choice, flexibility and freedom and for us to encourage this through our strong relationships with the two leading rail specialists, Evolvi and thetrainline.com.”
At the same time, Amadeus is continuing its development of a Pan-European rail distribution platform that will provide travel sellers and third party software developers access to European rail content for multi-channel distribution. It will offer travel sellers the benefit of a user-friendly rail booking and ticketing solution, specifically designed to increase user productivity, minimise training time and encourage the cross-selling of other travel products.