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Amadeus Rail IT upgrade takes CountryLink's customer relationship to a new era

Amadeus has launched the latest version of Amadeus Rail's IT solution that provides rail operators with the technology to manage reservations, inventory, scheduling, seating, pricing and ticketing operations. The new version, initiated and being implemented by the Australian railway carrier CountryLink, sets a new standard for rail operators and is the result of Amadeus investment in IT products for rail.

10/03/2009. • New version enhances railway’s booking process and pricing strategy, provides better understanding of their customers and brings a number of time saving features
• CountryLink Australia will pioneer the new version through their call centre and B2C online distribution channel


Madrid, Spain, 17 February, 2009 – Amadeus, a leading provider of technology to the travel and tourism industry, has launched the latest version of Amadeus Rail’s IT solution that provides rail operators with the technology to manage reservations, inventory, scheduling, seating, pricing and ticketing operations. The new version, initiated and being implemented by the Australian railway carrier CountryLink, sets a new standard for rail operators and is the result of Amadeus investment in IT products for rail.

With the new version, CountryLink optimizes the use of its reservation system and provides better service to its customers through both the Internet Distribution Solution and its call centre.

With Amadeus Rail IT CountryLink can now create and store customer profiles in their system. This makes the booking process faster and more efficient and so increases the number of bookings that CountryLink’s call centre can absorb. Customer profile, which includes contact details, travel preferences, special service requests and booking history, also allows the operator to analyse and better understand its customer, to target marketing campaigns and eventually to create a loyalty program.

Doug Taylor, Reservation Systems Manager, CountryLink commented: “This enhancement of Amadeus Rail IT suite is the response to some uncontested challenges in the rail industry. With a better understanding of our customers’ needs and behaviour, we are now ready to improve the way we serve them while making a wiser use of our marketing efforts”
This new customer profile functionality also boosts the efficiency of CountryLlink’s B2C online distribution channel. The system will store personal details and customer’s preferences, avoiding re-entering this information and making the booking process much faster.

Pricing enhancements now facilitate special promotions for marketing campaigns, the use of travel passes, and special fares for groups as pensioners and students. It also facilitates the offer of premium discounts for tickets with restrictions – as it is the case of airlines - for travellers who do not anticipate changes in their itineraries. This functionality increases railways’ revenue when changes and cancelations are made on bookings using these special fares.

In terms of carrier management enhancements, “Train-to-coach” will be an excellent time saving feature for emergency situations or during track maintenance when a train needs to be replaced by coach transport. In these events, the system automatically determines the best use of coaches to replace the rail service and brings the optimum combination of coaches based on destinations, pick-up points and the use of minimal number of buses. This functionality achieves a remarkable reduction of the manual intervention needed to analyse the best combinations, saves time and money to the carrier and assists the railway to improve safety and customer service to the traveller.

“This is the first Rail IT business enhancement initiated by CountryLink and delivered by Amadeus since the full integration of OneRail, a rail IT company acquired in June 2008. With the launch of this new version of Amadeus Rail IT, we are showcasing Amadeus’ commitment to the rail industry by providing the most complete and advanced product portfolio for rail in the travel and tourism industry” commented Diane Bouzebiba, Head of Amadeus Rail Business Unit. “The heart of our concern is to ensure railway companies benefit from the strength and breadth of technology already mastered by Amadeus IT Group in other areas of the travel industry in order to offer the highest possible service to the rail travelling public.”


Notes to the editors

Amadeus is the chosen technology partner for providers, sellers, and buyers of travel. The company provides distribution, IT and point-of-sale solutions to help its customers adapt, grow and succeed in the fast changing travel industry. Customer groups include travel providers (airlines, hotels, car rental companies, railway companies, ferry lines, cruise lines, insurance companies and tour operators), travel sellers (travel agencies) and travel buyers (corporations and travellers). Solutions are grouped in four solution categories – Distribution & Content, Sales & e-Commerce, Business Management and Services & Consulting.

Amadeus has central sites in Madrid (corporate headquarters & marketing), Nice (development) and Erding (Operations – data processing centre) and regional offices in Miami, Buenos Aires and Bangkok. At market level, Amadeus maintains customer operations in 76 countries covering more than 217 markets.

The company is majority owned by WAM Acquisition, whose shareholders are BC Partners, Cinven, Air France, Iberia and Lufthansa. Amadeus employs over 8,500 employees worldwide, representing 105 nationalities.

More information about Amadeus is available at: http://www.amadeus.com


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