Amadeus has played a pivotal supporting role in helping oneworld become the first of the global airline alliances to complete interline e-ticketing connections between all partner carriers.Amadeus ETS hosts the e-ticket database for nearly twenty major airlines and has developed interline e-ticketing links with a further thirty major airlines, enabling e-ticketing interline agreements between 50 of the largest airlines in the world. Amadeus is able to give new airlines access to a leading network of global airlines quickly and easily, having already created so many e-ticketing links.
According to John McCulloch, oneworld Managing Partner, “e-ticketing makes travel throughout our worldwide network simpler and smoother for our customers while also cutting costs considerably for our member airlines. With the number of customers connecting between the alliance’s carriers growing - by 12 per cent in 2004 - the financial contribution of IET will increase further.”
Tony Gaskell, eTicket Manager, British Airways Global Distribution, added: “We have made great progress towards our goal of 100% e-ticketing in the past 12 months. I believe by implementing links to 17 airlines in that time, we have extended our e-ticketing capability faster than anyone has done before. This couldn’t have been achieved without the commitment and support we have had from Amadeus.”
Amadeus’ Vice President, Strategic Airline and Partner Programmes, Hans Jorgensen, commented, “Implementing interline e-ticketing for our customers who are oneworld members was a complex project. However, now we can quickly and easily provide seamless e-ticketing connections between all oneworld carriers and at the same time, answer IATA’s drive for 100 per cent e-ticketing by 2007. With Amadeus, e-ticketing has become a reality around the world.”