Wednesday, 28 May 2008：In the drive towards meeting IATA’s mandate of 100% electronic ticketing by June 1, 2008, new data shows Travelport GDS (Galileo and Worldspan) maintains the industry’s leadership role in enabling airlines and agencies to go paperless:
· 95 percent of tickets issued globally across Galileo, Apollo and Worldspan are electronic
· In the last three weeks, Travelport has reduced the number of paper tickets by 13 percent
· Over 6,273 interline e-ticketing agreements for airlines are supported with numbers growing daily
Travelport is also a leader in providing Interchange services to airlines around the world. The Interchange is a total solution which facilitates interline e-ticketing industry-wide. Airlines have immediate access to all carriers and ground handlers, representing over 20 different electronic ticketing systems, whose interline e-ticket messages are processed through the Interchange. The interline electronic ticketing (IET) infrastructure built into the Interchange removes technology barriers by allowing any electronic ticket- enabled airline to easily, quickly and cost-effectively connect with their interline partners.
The design, infrastructure and value of the Interchange offers airlines, ground handlers and their IET partners, the most advanced and efficient global e-ticketing platform including EDIFACT message translation to serve airlines holding IET agreements with other carriers and ground handlers.
· Travelport has enabled interline e-ticketing for 228 airlines via the Interchange
· 3,360 IET relationships have been enabled via the Interchange
“Travelport’s industry leading e-ticketing technologies including the Interchange are helping carriers worldwide to meet the IATA mandate with cost-effective solutions,” said Sue Powers, CIO, Travelport GDS. “Our innovative approach and highly acclaimed technology solutions place us as the leader in e-ticketing for the travel industry.”
"Travelport has been an invaluable partner since September 2004, providing e-ticket database and interline e-ticket technology for over 70 of our hosted airlines and ground handlers. They have supported SITA’s growth by providing innovative tools and solutions to help us prepare our customers for the IATA 100% e-ticketing mandate – including scalability that meets the needs of our biggest and smallest carriers and the flexibility to respond very quickly, on occasion completing an Interline e-ticket connection via their hub in less than a day,” said Brian Cook, vice president, Airline and Passenger Solutions, SITA.
“Northwest Airlines and Travelport partnered together on the Interchange,” said
Jackie Astleford, director, E-Commerce and E-Services, Northwest Airlines. “Northwest was the first carrier to use the Interchange. This allowed Northwest Airlines to quickly become the first to reach 100 IETs with other carriers, an area in which Northwest continues to lead the industry."
KLM sales manager for E-commerce & E-ticketing, Henk Jan Gerzee said, “KLM can offer customers e-tickets to any KLM destination in conjunction with more than 125 interline partners. Together with Travelport, we have realized this important milestone. It allows KLM to simplify customer processes and makes it even easier for our customers to do business with KLM.”
Over the past four months, Travelport has enabled nearly a third of these IET relationships, demonstrating an unsurpassed speed to market technology capability to quickly activate interline agreements between carriers and their partners, saving time and cost for Interchange customers. .