Madrid, Spain, March 12, 2012: Amadeus, a leading transaction processor and provider of advanced technology solutions for the global travel and tourism industry, was given the 2012 Air Transport News award as Best IT Company of the year. Ahmed Youssef, Regional Director, Marketing and Operations, Amadeus Middle East & North Africa, picked up the trophy on behalf of Amadeus during the official ceremony held in Athens on Sunday, 4 March.
This recognition results from the publication’s readers’ votes over a month long period. Voters analysed the organisations’ contribution to the air transport sector, wishing to pay tribute to the best companies in the air transport industry which despite the unstable environment, have made headway and helped the industry to move forward.
Based on the votes and the verdict of a jury of internationally known industry experts, Amadeus won the 2012 ATN Award for IT Company of the Year.
Other category winners included: Embraer ( regional aircraft manufacturer of the year), Airbus (aircraft manufacturer of the year), Rolls Royce ( engine manufacturer of the year), Swissport (ground handler of the year), Lufthansa Technik ( Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul company of the year), Star Alliance ( airline alliance of the year), Singapore’s Changi airport ( airport of the year) and Emirates (airline of the year).
“This is a happy moment for Amadeus. Awards such as this one clearly confirm that the industry recognises that we are following the right strategy of offering the most innovative and effective solutions through sustained investments in R&D, where we have spent two billion Euros since 2004,” commented Ángel Gallego, Vice President , Western Europe, Middle East & Africa, at Amadeus.
Ahmed Youssef, Regional Director Marketing and Operations, Amadeus MENA, received the trophy from Dr Kostas Iatrou, Managing Director of Air Transport News.
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Notes to editors
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 948 million billable travel transactions in 2011.
Amadeus has central sites in Madrid (corporate headquarters), 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 73 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 December 31 2011, the company reported revenues of €2,707 million and EBITDA of €1,039 million. The Amadeus group employs around 10,000 people worldwide, with 123 nationalities represented at the central offices.