China approves use of Amadeus technology for international airlines

Bart Tompkins

Managing Director, China, Amadeus IT Group

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Air France, KLM and Lufthansa are among the first international airlines to receive approval from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) to use Amadeus technology in China. A true first for the market and Amadeus.

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We’re celebrating a significant milestone in China this week.

A big step to progress

Implementing a new market wide policy is challenging, and we appreciate the CAAC’s efforts to progress the airline applications. The authorised airlines will be bookable, via Amadeus through a pre-selected group of travel agencies in Beijing which will soon be expanded to include other locations like Shanghai and Guangzhou. In addition, there are also several more airlines and travel agencies that have committed to working with us in the market.

Travel agencies will be able to automatically price complex itineraries with fare guarantees, re-issue tickets, and manage changes and refunds, and grow their online businesses via our powerful search technology.

Introducing more efficient, reliable, accurate technology that connects travellers with travel providers has been our number one priority for China and it will bring significant benefits to the travel market. Chinese travellers that book with an Amadeus travel agency, online or offline, will have access to increased choice, better value and more travel options that are better tailored to their needs.

Our next step in China is to secure IATA billing and settlement plan (BSP) certification, which, once obtained, will give international airlines and travel agents the ability to use the Amadeus system to settle ticket payments, in line with industry best practice.


Asia Pacific, China, Industry Relations