Madrid, 29 August 2006: Amadeus e-Travel, the global leader in online travel solutions and the e-commerce business unit of Amadeus, today announced record-breaking revenues and passenger booking figures through the Amadeus e-Travel Airline Suite, the travel industry’s most widely adopted e-commerce self-service solution.
In the first half of 2006, airlines' e-commerce passenger bookings processed by Amadeus e-Travel increased by 28% over the same period last year. This represents an overall online booking value of more than 2.6 billion Euros in 6 months through 250 websites in over 80 markets. Seven new customers joined Amadeus e-Travel in this period - among them China Eastern, China Airlines, Kenya Airways and SilkAir - bringing the total number of network carriers using the Amadeus e-Travel Airline Suite to over 70.
For the first time Amadeus e-Travel’s hosting services processed over 4 million air bookings in one month alone. These services have been built by design to handle a simultaneous 300% increase across all customers, allowing them to focus on increasing their profitability and enhancing their user experience.
Jérôme Destors, Commercial Director, Amadeus e-Travel commented "We continue to invest tens of millions of Euros to stay at the forefront of e-commerce self-service solutions. With the proven reliability and flexibility of Amadeus e-Travel, we are well poised to further develop our solutions for tomorrow’s market. We continue to work closely with airlines around the globe to ensure that our solutions in the future will deliver even more robust online sales revenues for them."
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About Amadeus e-Travel Airline Suite
The Amadeus e-Travel Airline Suite provides airlines with a range of online solutions designed to enable them to serve their customers online.
The Amadeus e-Travel Airline Suite comprises three main solutions:
- Amadeus e-Merchandise Solution enables airlines to manage, display, and efficiently promote their fares online. Its user interface offers travellers a greater choice and visibility of available options.
- Amadeus e-Retail Solution is the world's most widely adopted e-commerce booking solution. It is designed to enable airlines to reduce costs and increase customer loyalty.
- Amadeus e-Service Solution offers airlines post sales servicing tools to increase loyalty and profitability. It consists of elements that include rebooking and redemption offerings.
The Amadeus e-Travel Airline Suite also includes web hosting, web design, account management, training, consulting and global support.
A world-leading technology and distribution solutions provider, Amadeus delivers unparalleled expertise to the travel and tourism industry, including leading-edge solutions that cover airlines’ unique business needs, independent of their size, business model or market reach.
Amadeus’ pioneering new-generation Customer Management Solution (CMS) portfolio, Amadeus Altéa CMS, serves network and regional carriers. The Altéa portfolio, based on a pioneering community platform concept, enables improved operational efficiency and increases revenue. The portfolio consists of the Altéa Reservation, Altéa Inventory and Altéa Departure Control solutions.
Low Cost Carriers have alternative Customer Management Solutions – Amadeus Pioneer CMS and Results CMS by Amadeus - based on adaptive technology that provides robust options that easily adjust to their evolving operational requirements.
Further complementing these integrated IT solutions is the Amadeus e-Travel Airline Suite. Over 70 of the world’s leading airlines use the Amadeus e-Travel Airline Suite to power over 250 websites in more than 80 markets.
Other standalone IT solutions include: revenue integrity and automatic ticket reissue tools, in addition to full e-ticket interlining and ground-handling management technology services.
More information about Amadeus’ solutions for airlines is available at: www.amadeus.com/airlines.
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