KDS Delivers Online Rail Booking for Business Travelers

KDS, a European leader for business
travel e-procurement solutions, announced today that its customers will be able to
book their train tickets online, just as they do for plane tickets, car
rentals or hotel rooms, thanks to its close partnership with SNCF, the
French railways company.

In March 2001, KDS
signed its first partnership with SNCF to provide its
users with a unique multi-modal feature: the display of airlines
(schedule-availabilities-prices) and train information
(schedule-availabilities) on the same screen.

With the present agreement, KDS is to provide companies with access to the
SNCF fares as well as with an easy and friendly way to book both plane and
train tickets, by the end of the year. Either travel agencies or SNCF
departments will process train ticket fulfillment and delivery to travelers.

“Providing our customers with a greater independence towards their travel
suppliers has continuously been a key strategic focus for KDS. We are now
proud to be the first self-booking tool chosen by SNCF to provide our
customers with a real comparison and a very homogenous service between train
and air,” explains Moncef Khanfir, KDS President.

“SNCF is delighted to work with KDS in order to provide its business
customers more and more simplicity and efficiency,”  adds Cecile Queille,
director of SNCF.


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