Galileo has recently announced the activation of e-ticketing with Saudi Arabian Airlines (SV).
According to new IATA regulations all airlines have to be e-ticket compliant by 31 May 2008 in an attempt to save a significant amount of time for both travel agents and customers and to save the airline industry at least $3 billion per year.
Rabih Saab, Vice President Galileo by Travelport for the Middle-East and Africa, Turkey, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, commented, ‘Delivering solutions to support suppliers and travel agents to further professionalise their sales and support processes is a key strategy for Galileo. We’re very proud to have activated e-ticketing with Saudi Arabian Airlines and expect to announce further activations very shortly.’
Mohammed Andijani, SR Manager, CRS’s Participation Programs at Saudi Arabian Airlines, commented, ‘We’re delighted to be working with a leading player in the travel industry. Galileo has a strong presence worldwide and it is essential to our success to gain access to travel agents via key distribution channels such as the Galileo GDS.’
Galileo currently has 166 active e-ticket participants in 91 countries. Three out of every four tickets issued on a Galileo system is now electronic. As a direct result of e-ticketing, Galileo is saving a minimum of 14 acres of forest per month.