In this 30th anniversary year, Amadeus has much to be thankful for. After three decades of doing business in 190+ countries, Amadeus remains a vital and growing player in global travel technology. When the turkey and stuffing are passed around the table this holiday, Amadeus will give thanks for the many opportunities to shape the future of travel together with our customers and industry partners – then, now, and for millennia to come. Here are five things we are grateful for this Thanksgiving:
1. Three decades of partnership
Traditional 30-year anniversaries are marked with the gift of a pearl. If the world is our oyster, then Amadeus’ real “gem” is the partnership we celebrate with our customers, brand ambassadors, stakeholders, employees and colleagues around the globe. In 1987, Amadeus was founded when four airlines joined together to improve the travel experience through technology and automation. Today, that collaboration encompasses partnerships spanning the entire travel ecosystem – from airlines and airports to railways and cruise lines, to hospitality and insurance providers.
2. Another year of financial success
Amadeus maintained positive growth in the first nine months of the year, with an 8.9% increase in revenue and 10.1% increase in EBITDA from January to September. Our strong operating performance in Distribution, Airline IT and new businesses, as well as a Navitaire consolidation effect, contributed to continued positive growth. Given the steady progression of our business through the first three quarters of 2017, we look forward to the rest of the year with confidence – and an exciting 2018 ahead.
3. More content and solutions for better journeys
Amadeus signed a significant agreement with Air Canada, strengthening our presence in North America following the Southwest Airlines domestic flights migration in May. The implementation of the Amadeus Altéa Suite enables our airline partners to deliver more consistent and personalized customer service, grow revenues, and improve operational efficiencies. In addition, Calgary International Airport and Pittsburgh International Airport contracted Amadeus airport and resource solutions, enabling them to optimize flight activities and manage resources including gates, counters, baggage carousels and security checkpoints.
4. Helping airlines grow their business
Amadeus achieved New Distribution Capability (NDC) Level 1 certification as an aggregator from IATA this year. This certification follows a June 2016 milestone, when Amadeus was one of the first technology companies to receive NDC Level 3 certification as an IT provider, the highest level of certification available. NDC enables airlines to reach more distributor channels, deliver a consistent shopping experience, and offer advanced merchandising capabilities.
5. Facilitating a better traveler experience
From searching for a destination to booking a trip … from managing the most complex operations to personalizing customer relationships … from building better technology to powering better journeys, Amadeus is committed to enriching the travel experience for billions of people each year. For 30 years, Amadeus has kept the travel sector moving, and we look forward to finding new ways to make travel even more rewarding and relevant in 2018 and for decades to come.
Which travel innovations are you most thankful for this year?