French travel agency Jancarthier has contracted to use the Sabre GDS for travel bookings. Under the terms of the partnership,
Jancarthier`s 26 business travel centres and leisure agencies will start converting to Sabre, from Amadeus, in March.
Implementation will be completed by mid-May 2002.
This deal follows another recent Sabre conversion with Club Voyages, also a former Amadeus customer, which grew Sabre`s French market share by one percent. Jancarthier plans to expand its air booking figures from its current level of 340,000 a year. Sabre will support this growth by providing customised tools to help the agency add value to the booking process. The deal involves establishing a network environment based on an Internet Protocol Virtual Private Network (VPN-IP) designed to give Jancarthier`s 26 offices unlimited access not only to the Sabre system, but also to the Internet, an Intranet and the IGA back office product via a dedicated, specialised Cegetel line.
Each travel agent will have an individual email address and will be able to receive customers` booking details online. They will also be able to email confirmation details to travellers, with instructions on how to access their trip information through the Sabre Virtually There electronic itinerary and travel-shopping tool. The Intranet will facilitate internal communication, and the link with the IGA back office product gives agency managers and authorised staff access to turnover and other accounting information in real time, as ticket issuing and invoicing are simultaneous. Finally, Sabre will give Jancarthier agents access to a wide range of innovative and secure Internet-based products and tools.