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Amadeus boosts air, hotel content

Amadeus has announced further improvements to the bookable content available through its distribution system. Low fare airlines: two new low fare airlines are now available on Amadeus - Jetstar
Asia (Asia Pacific) and GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes (Brazil).

No other company distributes Jetstar Asia to travel agencies. This announcement takes the total low fare airlines bookable on Amadeus to 30; eight of these signed on with Amadeus in 2005.

As low fare airlines expand into new markets, they see the value of the
cost-efficient distribution reach provided by the travel agency channel. 

this year, Amadeus also announced deals to secure the low fare content of 60 leading
airlines in Europe, Middle East and Africa. The company has similar agreements with
the biggest airlines in the US, including American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta
Air Lines and Continental Airlines.

Hotels: Amadeus recently added 2,000 hotels taking the total hotels bookable in
Amadeus to 58,000. So far this year, Amadeus has added a total of 4,300 hotels to
its system.


The acquisition of Optims, completed earlier this year, contributed a
large part of this growth by adding independent hotels. A fundamental piece of
Amadeus’ hotels strategy is to bring independent hotels, which are increasingly
important to leisure and corporate travel agencies alike, into its system with a
simple, easy-to-use solution.

Furthermore, Amadeus is the world leader in implementing electronic ticketing:
travel agents can now issue electronic tickets in 116 countries - with the
addition of Mauritius, Slovenia and Namibia - and for 116 airlines. Earlier in the
year, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) selected Amadeus as a
preferred partner in its endeavour to achieve ticketless travel by 2007.

“Essential content, technology to enable success and partnerhsip are three pillars
of Amadeus’ business and we are delighted to report that all three are going from
strength to strength,” says Ian Wheeler, Vice President, Marketing, Amadeus,
“and that combination makes us the partner of choice for any company hungry for
success in the travel industry.” 

Other content updates:

*      The number of airlines bookable in Amadeus is now 500.

*      Travel agents can book around 190 tour operators in Amadeus. This remains far more than any other distribution system.

*      Travel agents can also offer their customers the choice of 18 cruise lines, 14
ferry companies, 43 train operators, 42 car rental companies and travel insurance
from 38 providers and packages.