Aeroflot Signs GDS Parity Agreement with Galileo
Moscow 06-07-2007 — Galileo, the leading global distribution system (GDS) and subsidiary of Travelport, today announced a GDS Parity Agreement with Aeroflot, the Russian flag carrier, securing all of the airline’s fares & booking classes for Galileo-connected travel agencies worldwide.
"We are delighted to be partnering with a leading player in the travel industry," said Alexei Sidorov, the commercial director of Aeroflot. "Galileo is a well established GDS and has a very strong presence worldwide – this agreement provides us with invaluable access to their travel agency network both in the Russian market as well as abroad."
"We are pleased to have secured Aeroflot’s content for our agency customers," said Maria Yakushkina, Galileo’s country manager for Russia, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. "We are committed to bringing the best content to our travel agents through the most effective channel. By working closely with leading airlines such as Aeroflot, we are ensuring Galileo-connected agencies continue to have access to important content."
Galileo is a global technology leader. Its core business is providing electronic global distribution services for the travel industry through its computerized reservation systems, leading-edge products and innovative, Internet-based solutions. Galileo is a value-added distributor of travel inventory dedicated to supporting its travel supplier, agency and corporate customers and, through them, expanding traveler choice. Galileo, www.galileo.com, headquartered in Langley, UK, is a Travelport brand. Travelport is one of the largest and most geographically diverse travel companies, dedicated to creating the exceptional travel experiences the world demands.
JOINT STOCK COMPANY "Aeroflot - Russian Airlines" is the largest Russian airline. It is based in 1923. The founder of the JOINT STOCK COMPANY is the Government of the Russian Federation so that 51% of shares belong to state and 49% - to work collectives of the airline and to other legal persons.
In 1991, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the airline became the successor to the name Aeroflot and the trademark of the former Soviet air international carrier.
In 2000, the annual stockholders meeting changed the name of the company to JSC "Aeroflot - Russian Airlines", which corresponds better to the status and profile of Russia´s national airline company.
Aeroflot enters into the list of 25 world leading airlines according to the financial indices (by ATW version). Aeroflot controls about 11% of home and 39% of international market for air transportation of Russia