Madrid 07 November, 2006: Amadeus, a global leader in technology and distribution solutions for the travel and tourism industry, announces that it has successfully implemented the Amadeus Ticketing Platform (ATP) for Hahn Air. The implementation means that Hahn Air is able to offer a complete e-ticketing solution, including worldwide distribution. Hahn Air will now start to develop interline e-ticketing agreements with the 200 plus airlines with which it currently has interline agreements, to offer them full e-ticketing capability.
A preferred IATA partner, Amadeus was chosen by Hahn Air due to its ticketing technology expertise and the unmatched extent of its e-ticket distribution (160 airlines and 139 markets) and interlining community (230 interline agreements representing 30% of IATA interline agreements).
This deal is particularly important as the industry readies itself for 2007. Hans Nolte, CEO, Hahn Air, commented: "Meeting the IATA deadline is a significant issue for many smaller airlines in different regions, as well as bigger airlines that only require limited distribution in certain markets. By working in partnership with Amadeus, we are able to offer partners a proven and robust solution, quickly. Some of these carriers may otherwise not make the deadline, resulting in a negative impact on their business."
As part of its core business, Hahn Air provides other airlines with an outsourced platform, to quickly and cost-effectively distribute tickets in 75 countries around the globe, and establish interline agreements with their partners. This significantly enhances the ability of the airline industry to meet the IATA e-ticketing deadline as more airlines, regardless of their size or location, will have increased resources at hand, to rapidly become e-ticket compliant.
"The agreement with Hahn Air is a landmark achievement in ensuring that carriers in markets such as the Middle East and Africa, Russia and the CIS region or Latin America, where e-ticketing penetration is less advanced, don’t lose out, Frédéric Spagnou, Vice President, Airline Business Group, Amadeus added. "Our experience of working in partnership with the world’s leading carriers on e-ticketing over the last few years means we are well placed to support Hahn Air and its partner airlines to implement these solutions quickly."
Bryan Wilson, Project Director E-Ticketing, IATA, commented: "We are pleased to see Amadeus and Hahn Air working together to significantly hasten the uptake of e-tickets across the industry. Some airlines have told IATA they intend to use other airlines’ accounting codes to issue e-tickets. These airlines, amongst others, could potentially benefit from agreements such as this."
He continued, "For every airline which relies upon travel agents to issue their tickets, it is vital that they become fully e-ticket and interline e-ticket enabled by the end of 2007, in order to gain the cost and service advantages of e-tickets, as well as ensure that travel agents can continue to issue tickets for their flights from 2008."
Amadeus estimates that by the end of 2006, 70 per cent of tickets issued via its distribution system will be electronic. Amadeus also fully hosts over 40 airlines’ e-ticketing systems, a figure it aims to expand to cover 26% of the world market share by early 2007.
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Notes to the editors
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 also have a specific CMS for LCCs - based on adaptive technology and already used by carriers in Europe and the USA, 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 amongst others: Amadeus Revenue Integrity solution, Amadeus Ticket Changer, an automatic ticket reissue tool, and a full range of ticketing solutions; including e-ticket interlining and ground-handling management technology services.
More information about Amadeus’ solutions for airlines is available at: www.amadeus.com/airlines.
About Hahn Air
"A full-fledged member of IATA, Hahn Air has specialised in global sales and distribution for many years. Hahn Air plays a leading role in generating extra revenue for hundreds of airline partners worldwide from their secondary and tertiary markets and out of additional marketing channels. Today in more than 70 countries, 80.000 IATA agents are able to issue Hahn Air (HR/169) e-tickets using any GDS. Interlinks with all leading e-ticket hubs and DCS have been established and make the Hahn Air ticket perfectly positioned for e-interlining.
With e-go 169®, Hahn Air partner carriers have access to global e-ticketing at the usual interline service charge. e-go 169® is based on standardised Hahn Air e-ticket GBRs and can quickly be implemented as a plug-in solution, saving time and resources. By entering into a single agreement with Hahn Air, large airlines are able to e-interline with dozens of smaller and regional partners. Similarly, e-go 169® provides small and regional airlines the technical ability to continue interline relations among one another and with larger partners, also after December 31st, 2007.
Even airlines without any e-capability will still be able to meet IATA`s “Simplifying the Business” deadline: Hahn Air`s unique offer for e-go 169®-light updates PNLs with full records of all HR/169 e-tickets sold and creates automated sales reports and credit notes to the ICH for every partner airline, also providing it with interactive web access (GUI) to the HR-ticket database.
Hahn Air offers a convenient and quick to implement way to sell one’s flights via all distribution channels worldwide. This results in more and more flights being operated under Hahn Air flight numbers on an increasing number of routes. By establishing a codeshare agreement with Hahn Air, carriers are able to immediately sell under HR flight numbers while not having to cover the cost for GDS, BSP, credit card transactions or fare filing. Various types of codeshare or marketing agreements are possible with Hahn Air, providing access to all markets and via all distributions channels. HR/169 e-tickets can be issued in any GDS using any form of payment, can be processed in nearly any DCS, and offer virtually unlimited e-interlining capabilities. Thus, Hahn Air’s e-Alliance may be considered as the world’s first real "global consolidator".
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