Amadeus and Hahn solve e-ticketing

Amadeus has announced that it has successfully
implemented the Amadeus Ticketing Platform (ATP) for Hahn Air. The implementation
means that Hahn Air is able to offer a complete e-ticketing solution, including
worldwide distribution. Hahn Air will now start to develop interline e-ticketing
agreements with the 200 plus airlines with which it currently has interline
agreements, to offer them full e-ticketing capability.

A preferred IATA partner, Amadeus was chosen by Hahn Air due to its ticketing
technology expertise and the unmatched extent of its e-ticket distribution (160
airlines and 139 markets) and interlining community (230 interline agreements
representing 30% of IATA interline agreements).

This deal is particularly important as the industry readies itself for 2007. Hans
Nolte, CEO, Hahn Air, commented: “Meeting the IATA deadline is a significant
issue for many smaller airlines in different regions, as well as bigger airlines
that only require limited distribution in certain markets.  By working in
partnership with Amadeus, we are able to offer partners a proven and robust
solution, quickly. Some of these carriers may otherwise not make the deadline,
resulting in a negative impact on their business.”

As part of its core business, Hahn Air provides other airlines with an outsourced
platform, to quickly and cost-effectively distribute tickets in 75 countries
around the globe, and establish interline agreements with their partners. This
significantly enhances the ability of the airline industry to meet the IATA
e-ticketing deadline as more airlines, regardless of their size or location, will
have increased resources at hand, to rapidly become e-ticket compliant.

“The agreement with Hahn Air is a landmark achievement in ensuring that carriers
in markets such as the Middle East and Africa, Russia and the CIS region or Latin
America, where e-ticketing penetration is less advanced, don’t lose out,
Frédéric Spagnou, Vice President, Airline Business Group, Amadeus added. “Our
experience of working in partnership with the world’s leading carriers on
e-ticketing over the last few years means we are well placed to support Hahn Air
and its partner airlines to implement these solutions quickly.”

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Bryan Wilson, Project Director E-Ticketing, IATA, commented:  “We are pleased
to see Amadeus and Hahn Air working together to significantly hasten the uptake of
e-tickets across the industry. Some airlines have told IATA they intend to use
other airlines’  accounting codes to issue e-tickets. These airlines, amongst
others, could potentially benefit from agreements such as this.”


He continued, “For every airline which relies upon travel agents to issue
their tickets, it is vital that they become fully e-ticket and interline e-ticket
enabled by the end of 2007, in order to gain the cost and service advantages of
e-tickets, as well as ensure that travel agents can continue to issue tickets for
their flights from 2008.”
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