Madrid, Spain, 13 December 2010:
Alitalia and Amadeus a leading travel technology partner and transaction processor for the global travel and tourism industry, announce they have signed a full content contract which runs until the end of 2013. Under the terms of the agreement, Alitalia, Italy’s leading airline, has expanded guaranteed access to its full range of fares, schedules and inventory from Europe-wide to all Amadeus travel agencies globally.
Marco Sansavini Alitalia’s Executive Vice President Sales, Distribution and Customer Care, commented: “Travel agency distribution plays a vital role in our business and this contract is a recognition of that. We have collaborated effectively with Amadeus for many years and we look forward to expanding our relationship to further boost revenue from markets in and outside Europe.”
The full content agreement also guarantees that the same content is available through the Amadeus system as through any other sales channel including the airline’s own website and that Alitalia (AZ) will not charge a GDS fee to Amadeus Travel Agents.
“This long term content agreement with Italy’s leading airline guarantees Amadeus travel agencies around the globe access to Alitalia’s full inventory and most competitive fares. The agreement further underlines Amadeus’ focus on securing stable, long term content agreements that deliver value to both our airline and travel agent partners as well as providing market stability,” said David Doctor, Director Airline & Travel Agency Distribution, Amadeus.
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Alitalia - Compagnia Aerea Italiana (www.alitalia.com) started operations in January 2009, following the acquisition of assets from Alitalia - Linee Aeree Italiane, and of Air One. The company is entirely private. Owned by the 75% of important members of the Italian industrial and finance scenery and by the 25% of Air France-Klm, today Alitalia is Italy’s leading airline, serving 23 million passengers and operating 4,500 flights weekly across a network of 79 destinations worldwide - 26 in Italy and 53 in the rest of the world.
Today Alitalia’s fleet numbers 147 planes. A plan is underway to renew the fleet: since January 2009 16 new Airbus A320 aircraft and 2 new Airbus A330 joined Alitalia fleet. The new Airbus aircraft are equipped with latest generation engines which allow significant levels of fuel economy and reduction in CO2 emissions.
Alitalia is a member of the SkyTeam alliance and in July 2010 the Company joined the airline industry’s leading trans-Atlantic Joint Venture with Air France-KLM Group and Delta Air Lines.
In March 2010 Alitalia set up a new business model for Air One, part of Alitalia Group, as a low fares, yet high quality carrier operating from the Milan Malpensa airport towards 10 destinations in Italy and in the Mediterranean basin.
Amadeus is a leading transaction processor and provider of advanced technology solutions for the global travel and tourism industry.
Customer groups include travel providers (e.g. airlines, hotels, rail, ferries, etc.), travel sellers (travel agencies and websites), and travel buyers (corporations and individual travellers).
The group operates a transaction-based business model and processed more than 670 million billable travel transactions in 2009.
Amadeus has central sites in Madrid (corporate headquarters and marketing), Nice (development) and Erding (Operations – data processing centre) and regional offices in Miami, Buenos Aires, Bangkok and Dubai. At a market level, Amadeus maintains customer operations through 72 local Amadeus Commercial Organisations covering 195 countries.
Amadeus is listed on the Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao and Valencia stock exchanges and trades under the symbol “AMS.MC”. For the year ended 31 December 2009, the company reported revenues of EUR 2,461 million and EBITDA of EUR 894 million. The Amadeus group employs over 10,200 employees worldwide, with 123 nationalities represented at the central offices.
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