Airline Media And Travel Trade Media Update

A record 71 delegates from 65 offices worldwide attended the APG Global Associates (APG-GA) 18th AGM held at the IATA head office in Geneva on 8-10 March. Also in attendance were representatives from IATA, the Airline Reporting Corporation, Sabre Airline Solutions, UATP and SITA - allied members or service providers to the organization. APG-GA’s president, Jean-Louis Baroux announced record earnings from the World Program of more than $6.7 million, an increase of 25.2 percent on 2007. Leon Perelman, APG-GA’s Secretary General welcomed new members joining the association from Finland, Russia, Bolivia, Peru, Chile, the Dominican Republic, Syria, Egypt and Cyprus.Latest airline distribution innovation introduced - APG Air Connect
The world’s leading area settlement plan (i.e. BSP and ARC) management software with applications for both airlines and multiple travel agency offices. It is currently in use by more than 40 airlines and travel agency chains.

GLOBAL REACH AND MEMBERSHIP OF THE IBCS PROGRAMME EXPANDS
APG-Global Associates (APG-GA), the largest IBCS global provider with more than 690 active IBCS BSP contracts for over 120 different airlines has added eight new air carriers to its portfolio and extended the contracts of thirteen existing airline clients.

IBCS is a variable cost, “Pay as you Earn” bank settlement program developed jointly by IATA and APG-GA to facilitate the entry of airlines into IATA Billing and Settlement Plans (BSPs) in both “online” and “offline” markets. APG-GA members can introduce any airline into IBCS for all 83 IATA BSPs worldwide.

ARC APPLAUDS GROWTH OF FOREIGN CARRIER PARTICIPATION BY APG, BROADENING GLOBAL REACH FOR AGENTS

ARC’s value to the travel agent community is very much a factor of being able to provide easy and efficient access to the broadest possible market of global suppliers. Despite industry and economic challenges, ARC’s airline participation has been at record levels in recent months. A significant, and growing number of ARC’s participating carriers are foreign airlines that do not serve the U.S. directly and without a presence in the U.S. or effective means of reaching the agent community. Increasingly, ARC participation is recognized globally as a cost-effective and efficient means for airlines to create lucrative partnerships with the vast point-of-sale network represented by the ARC-accredited travel agency system. ARC is a technology solutions company providing transaction settlement and data information services.
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