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Amadeus Web Services enable Austrian Airlines to modernise

Amadeus today announces that Austrian Airlines has adopted Amadeus Web Services which provide online access to the complete range of Amadeus applications. By using Amadeus Web Services, Austrian Airlines is able to build and update travel booking applications without any service disruption.

Madrid, 27 February, 2007. Amadeus, a global leader in technology and distribution solutions for the travel and tourism industry, today announces that Austrian Airlines has adopted Amadeus Web Services which provide online access to the complete range of Amadeus applications. By using Amadeus Web Services, Austrian Airlines is able to build and update travel booking applications without any service disruption.

Konstantin Kasapis, Manager Interactive Sales, Austrian Airlines commented: "We are fully committed to staying one step ahead in what is an increasingly competitive market. We have adopted Amadeus Web Services because of the need to constantly change, customise and update. It leaves us to focus on how to take advantage of Web 2.0 and other innovations."

Taking this service-oriented architecture (SOA) approach means that Austrian Airlines has a single, secure point of access to connect to all Amadeus content without any direct interference with existing systems. In addition, as it makes it quick and easy to replace old applications, Austrian Airlines will enjoy complete flexibility and freedom to exploit the best available technology.

Claude Demeestere, Amadeus Director and Head of Product Management said: "Amadeus Web Services was adopted by Austrian Airlines to allow them to quickly benefit from state of the art, secure and reliable customised travel booking applications, while freeing them from the constraints of existing systems and technology. Providing them with web-based systems means that they can adopt the solutions they want, when they want them."

Amadeus Web Services is based on open standards, it is wholly language and platform neutral, and fully Web 2.0 compliant.

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Amadeus
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 Austrian Airlines
The Austrian Airlines Group consists of the three carriers and brands "Austrian", "Austrian arrows" and "Lauda Air". As a network carrier the airline group offers high service-quality, for which it has been awarded for many international prices, a high technical standard and combines typical Austrian charm and hospitality. In order to meet the demands of the passengers the carriers constantly improve their product and services and offer a dense network of short and medium haul connections in Europe as well as many long haul destinations, from business destinations to leisure spots. The current network comprises 130 destinations in 66 countries on all continents. In 2006 around 10,8 million passengers chose scheduled and charter flights of the Austrian Airlines Group, an all-time high.

Apart from the traditionally strong presence in Western Europe, the Austrian Airlines Group has a successful Focus East concept. With this consequent strategy the Austrian Airlines succeeded in the last years in strengthening its market position. Meanwhile the airline serves 45 destinations in 23 countries in Central- and Eastern Europe and has become the leading airline concerning the number of destinations in this region. The airline is also a Top-Player regarding flights to Middle East.

The modern fleet of the Austrian Airlines Group comprises more than 100 aircraft.

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