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Amadeus takes steps to ensure access to airline inventory for travel agents

Amadeus, a world leader in global travel distribution and technology, today announced that it has taken steps to ensure access to airline inventory for its travel agents.

Madrid, Spain, 7 March, 2006: Amadeus, a world leader in global travel distribution and technology, today announced that it has taken steps to ensure access to airline inventory for its travel agents. Specifically, Amadeus has entered into an agreement with Sabre Holdings that enables Amadeus customers to complete bookings on an airline in the unlikely event of that airline withdrawing from participation in Amadeus. Amadeus will offer the same back-up for Sabre.    

The agreement is designed to ensure continued broad and seamless travel agency access to airline inventory and avoid disruptions that might otherwise develop.  This will in turn allow travellers that rely on Amadeus travel agents secure access to the range of available travel options. 

Amadeus is continually looking for ways to enhance the services and benefits that it provides to its travel agency customers, and this new agreement is part of that effort.

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Notes to 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. Amadeus has offices in 75 countries covering more than 215 markets. The company has over 6,500 employees worldwide, representing 95 nationalities. For the six months ended 30 June 2005, Amadeus reported revenues of €1,226.1m and net income of €154.2m. More information about Amadeus is available at: www.amadeus.com

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