Galileo implements 200th e-ticketing participant
Friday, 14 December 2007: Travelport GDS, one of the world’s largest global distribution system (GDS) providers, yesterday announced that China Southern Airlines has become the 200th airline to implement e-ticketing via its Galileo GDS.
China Southern Airlines operates domestic, regional and international flights and is Asia’s largest airline in terms of fleet and the largest in China in terms of number of passengers carried. The signing of China Southern Airlines to implement e-ticketing on Galileo demonstrates the travel industry’s continuing and systematic move to achieving IATA’s goal for all airlines to offer e-tickets by the end of May 2008.
Kevin Mooney, Chief Commercial Officer at Travelport commented, “The implementation of e-ticketing by our 200th airline is a significant milestone for Travelport and demonstrates our commitment to providing travel agents worldwide with a fast, efficient and environmentally friendly method of transmitting ticket information, allowing customers to board their flights without a paper ticket. We are delighted that China Southern has implemented and we expect to be able to make further announcements regarding other implementations shortly.”
Travelport GDS, encompassing both Galileo GDS and Worldspan GDS, issues over 85% of all tickets via e-ticketing resulting in huge time and financial savings for travel agents and carriers alike. As a direct result of this, the combined company is saving a minimum of 27 acres of forest per month.