Amadeus was founded by airlines. From the start we adopted a partnership philosophy to develop solutions for airlines and travel agencies. In-depth knowledge of customer needs is a key component to conceiving our tailor-made solutions that reduce costs, boost productivity and increase revenues -all the while improving customer service.
Amadeus has a proven track record of working in partnership with our customers on large projects.
Amadeus, Qantas and British Airways have been working together since 2000 to develop Altéa, the next generation Passenger Services System which is now used by 109 airlines throughout the world. Our unique community approach to the development of airline IT solutions reinforces our position as a true partner to our customers.
In 2012, we have successfully continued growing our portfolio, into Revenue Accounting: British Airways has become the first airline to sign for Amadeus' new Passenger Revenue Accounting solution and is scheduled to migrate to the new solution in early 2014. This strategic partnership with British Airways demonstrates that both companies share the same vision for a next generation passenger revenue accounting solution, built using modern technology and embracing the latest industry standards and which enables real-time revenue monitoring for faster, more accurate revenue decisions.
Amadeus also made inroads with Ground Handling Companies thanks to Altéa DCS for Ground Handlers, a community platform developed by working closely with ground handlers.
To boost the sale of rail products and ease rail operations, Amadeus has been cooperating closely with large European rail providers and major Travel Management Companies to create Amadeus Total Rail. The solution enables railways to manage operations and sell seats across multiple sales channels and allows travel sellers access to book rail and air services side-by-side within the same solution. The offering includes Amadeus Global Rail Sales Platform, which is the first rail GDS on offer, and Amadeus Rail Operations Engine, which allows railway companies to manage schedules, inventory, fares and pricing.
In the online travel flight search area, Amadeus delivered an industry first solution making flight search more relevant and simpler for travellers with Amadeus Featured Results™. This solution, which instantly delivers the four most relevant bookable travel options available -fastest, cheapest, most popular and sponsored, was presented at the PhoCusWright Travel Innovation Summit in Arizona, U.S.A. Vayama, a leading online travel agency uniquely focused on international travel, was our partner to design and pilot the solution in beta form on its website, including 100 origin and destination combinations.
Also this year, Amadeus signed a global partnership agreement with Akamai, the leading cloud platform for helping enterprises provide secure, high-performing user experiences, to improve the performance of all web-based applications used by Amadeus and its customers, including airline e-Commerce websites and Amadeus' own suite of booking tools. Airlines, travel agencies and TMCs will all benefit from improvement in online responses of up to five times previous speeds, leading to increased revenues and a cutting-edge user experience.