The French National Railway, Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Français, and Amadeus have strengthened their 16-year partnership as SNCF becomes the launch customer for Amadeus Agent Track, a state-of-the-art rail booking solution for travel agents. Amadeus, a leading travel technology partner and transaction processor for the global travel and tourism industry, and SNCF have also agreed an extension to their full content agreement, which will now run to the end of 2012.
More than 100 tourists who boarded a night-train destined for Milan were given a surprise detour when they woke up in Switzerland instead of Italy due to a points failure.
SNCF, the French state-owned rail operator, is in talks with Arriva, the UK transport operator, over moves to create a pan-European transport group with revenues of about €6 billion. The talks come against the background of liberalisation of Europe’s railway operations following new competition rules introduced on January 1.