Philippine Air launches e-ticketing

Galileo is launching a new e-ticketing capability with Philippine Airlines (PR), the flagship carrier of the Republic of the Philippines. 
Effective immediately, Galileo-connected travel agents will be able to offer their customers e-tickets on PR for selected service routes in their network. This launch represents the latest in a long list of airlines in Asia that have chosen to implement e-ticketing on Galileo and brings the Asian travel industry a step closer to achieving IATA’s goal for all airlines to offer e-tickets by the end of 2007. Since its inception, e-ticketing has delivered clear benefits to airlines, travel agents and their customers in terms of the significant cost savings and efficiency improvements.
Roberto Diaz de Rivera, Senior Assistant Vice President for Corporate e-Business of Philippine Airlines stated that the e-ticketing capability provided by Galileo will allow the airline to further accelerate the distribution of its inventory to travel agencies.  “Additionally, PR will benefit from faster ticket processing by its agents which will in turn will lead to greater convenience and more flexibility for our passengers,” said Diaz de Rivera.
“This new partnership with PR clearly strengthens our relationship and further highlights the leadership position that Galileo continues to take in the Asian travel industry. Our agreement will bring significant cost and convenience benefits to our travel agency partners and allow them to deliver the same to their customers,” said Brad Holman, Managing Director Airline Services, Travelport.
With this deal, Galileo now has close to 140 airlines offering e-ticketing in 87 countries, making it possible for Galileo-connected agents to provide e-tickets to over 70% of all tickets processed through the GDS.
“E-ticketing is just one example of how Galileo continues drive innovation to the travel industry through technology and content in a way that enables travel agencies to improve efficiencies and increase revenues,” concluded Holman.
Galileo was nominated for World’s Leading CRS/ GDS at this year’s World Travel Awards.