OAG inks Bird deal in India

OAG has
announced the formation of a strategic partnership with the Bird Group to strengthen its presence throughout
India and the Indian sub-continent.With immediate effect, Bird Group is OAG’s National Marketing Company
for the region, responsible for furthering OAG’s commercial interests in
the airline, airport and corporate travel sectors. 

Bird Group Executive Director Mr. Ankur Bhatia said: “Our group has a
touch point in every vertical in the travel technology, aviation and
hospitality industry. Being the market leaders and one of India’s
largest travel conglomerates, we have tied up with OAG which has a
reputation as a world leader in managing and distributing airline
schedules. Its data solutions and market intelligence tools are an
excellent fit with our own specialism of providing high value aviation
services. By associating with this brand our existing portfolio of
services will add another important dimension to the services we offer
airlines, airports and the wider air transport industry.”


Duncan Alexander, OAG Managing Director said: “Our new relationship with
the Bird Group will give us a significant presence in one of the most
dynamic markets in the world. OAG brings together buyers and sellers of
air travel and transport and we are keen to build a stronger profile in
India, which is experiencing phenomenal growth at the moment.”



Alexander continued, “Bird Group’s experience and expertise within the
travel agency and corporate sectors indicate a real demand for the OAG
suite of travel planning tools. Our first joint initiative is the
creation of a micro site to help Bird Group promote OAG’s subscription
products such as our online flight search tool, OAG Flights.”


An important element of the partnership will be collaboration at major
industry events, the first of which is the 4th annual CAPA Low Cost
Airline Symposium in Mumbai in June 2007. OAG is a Global Partner of
CAPA (Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation) and Bird Group is one of the
sponsors at the event. Together they will be promoting their partnership
and meeting key industry figures to explore commercial opportunities.