• Web-based platform lets travellers view most up-to-date travel plans at any point in their trip via mobile phone
• Applications in pilot for Facebook, iPhone and Blackberry
Madrid, Spain, 17 March 2010:
Amadeus, a leading travel technology partner and transaction processor for the global travel and tourism industry, has launched the mobile version of CheckMyTrip and is further developing a set of free applications designed to enable travellers to easily access and share travel plans on the move, via their mobile phone.
The launch of CheckMyTrip for Mobile comes as part of the ongoing development of the CheckMyTrip web-based platform (http://www.checkmytrip.com
) which enables business and leisure travellers to check the most up-to-date travel itineraries plans via the internet, including amended or cancelled flights.
CheckMyTrip for Mobile allows travellers to now conveniently check the most up-to date itineraries on the go, including hotel, local weather and flight information via their mobile phone at any stage of their journey.
This is the latest stage in Amadeus’ plans to explore new ways of empowering its airlines and travel agency customers – and their customers in turn – by arming them with timely travel information via the most convenient channel. This allows travellers to make the most of their time and feel in control of their journey plans.
To access CheckMyTrip for Mobile users simply need an internet-enabled mobile phone, an Amadeus booking reference number. They type www.checkmytrip.com into their mobile browser and will then be prompted for their Amadeus reservation number
and last name. Once entered, the complete itinerary held within their booking reference will be displayed.
As part of these continued efforts to enhance the functionality of CheckMyTrip, Amadeus also announces the beta launch of the following services:
- CheckMyTrip application for Facebook allowing anyone with a Facebook account to install an application to import and share travel plans booked on the Amadeus system with friends and family
- CheckMyTrip for the Blackberry® platform Amadeus is conducting trials to introduce CheckMyTrip to the popular smartphone
And a pilot:
- CheckMyTrip for iPhone allowing users to download and install an application on their iPhone to view their itineraries, available from Apple’s App Store
Ian Wheeler, Vice President, Marketing and Distribution said: “The CheckMyTrip portfolio is steadily expanding with these latest developments, which aim to provide additional services to airlines and travel agencies and therefore their travellers – yet more control and a better all-round trip experience. Development of products for mobile devices will continue, building on Amadeus’ mobile strategy which kicked off last summer with the introduction
of a suite of tools aimed at business travellers.”
Facebook currently has more than 400 million active users* and last year, there were 1.2 billion phone sales globally in 2009, of which 170 million were smartphones, with a predicted growth of 9% in sales in 2010.**
* Source: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/press/info.php?statistics
** Source: Gartner (2009)
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Notes to the editors
Amadeus is the chosen technology partner and transaction processor for the global travel and tourism industry. The company provides distribution and technology solutions to help its customers adapt, grow and succeed in the fast changing travel industry. Customer groups include travel providers (airlines, hotels, car rental companies, railway companies, ferry lines, cruise lines, insurance companies and tour operators), travel sellers (travel agencies) and travel buyers (corporations and travellers).
Amadeus operates under a transaction-based business model that offers IT solutions to virtually all players in the travel industry. The Amadeus system processed more than 670 million billable travel transactions in 2009.
Amadeus has central sites in Madrid (corporate headquarters & marketing), Nice (development) and Erding (Operations – data processing centre) and regional offices in Miami, Buenos Aires, Bangkok and Dubai. At market level, Amadeus maintains customer operations through 72 local Amadeus Commercial Organisations covering 195 countries.
The company is majority owned by AMADEUS IT HOLDING, S.A., whose shareholders are BC Partners, Cinven, Air France, Iberia and Lufthansa. The Amadeus group employs over 9,300 employees worldwide, with 123 nationalities represented at the central offices.
More information about Amadeus is available at: http://www.amadeus.com
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