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Amadeus Rail Forum 2014: Ever closer union?

Amadeus Rail Forum 2014: Ever closer union?

17 June 2014 Focus

European railways are often portrayed as a deeply conservative industry, so far unaffected by the disruptive competition and subsequent consolidation seen in the aviation sector. With national providers apparently safe in domestic markets there seems to be little catalyst for change. But with technology developing rapidly and start-ups taking advantage of European Union liberalisation to launch new routes the old model may well be about to break down. Breaking Travel News editor Chris O’Toole reports from the Amadeus Rail Forum 2014.

Amadeus inks deal with SNCF

Amadeus inks deal with SNCF

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.

SNCF enters merger talks with Arriva

SNCF enters merger talks with Arriva

29 January 2010 Rail & Coach News

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.