Gulf Air in e-ticketing drive

Following the successful implementation of Interline Electronic Ticketing (IET) with American Airlines, British Airways (BA) and Emirates (EK) in its e-ticketing network, Gulf Air has now extended the IET facility with two more airlines - Oman Air (WY) and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KL).

Passengers can now enjoy the convenience of using a single e-ticket for journeys on Gulf Air and these airlines to eligible destinations.

“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,” says Gulf Air Vice President Information Technology Pauric Doyle.

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.

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.

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“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 to complete e-ticketing,” 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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