Gulf adds e-ticketing with BA and Emirates

Following the first successful implementation of Interline Electronic
Ticketing with American Airlines, Gulf Air has now extended the
IET facility to include British Airways and Emirates in its
e-ticketing network. Passengers can now enjoy the convenience of using a single e-ticket for
journeys on Gulf Air and BA and EK to eligible destinations. BA flies to
over 550 destinations while Emirates connects 83 destinations in 57
countries around the world.

“Gulf Air is on the fast track in its e-ticketing mission,” says Gulf
Air Vice President Information Technology Pauric Doyle. “This is another
milestone in our continuous stride towards implementing electronic
ticketing to make global travel easier especially when it involves more
than one airline.”

IET offers greater flexibility and convenience to passengers and the
airlines; it makes it easier for travellers using electronic tickets to
change travel plans and carriers while en route and, allows airlines to
issue e-tickets on each other’s services and code share flights, where
eligible.

“Since we rolled out our first e-ticketing in November 2005,
our progress has been well on the track. Gulf Air is one of the very few
airlines to date to have completed e-ticketing in 70 per cent of its
network. And we are well ahead in our plans to meet the International
Air Transport Association (IATA) deadline of 31 December
2007,” concludes Doyle.

Gulf Air already enjoys ‘Green Status’ by IATA in recognition of its
progress towards achieving 100 per cent electronic ticketing by the
deadline.

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The airline has leveraged it’s participation in the major Interline ET
hubs which reduces activation timelines dramatically and enables
immediate access to all other linked airlines at minimal cost.
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