Madrid, Spain, 10 July 2007:
Amadeus, a global leader in technology and distribution solutions for the travel and tourism industry, today announced that East Japan Railway, one of the leading railway lines in Japan, is now selling their passes on the Amadeus airline display, thanks to a global agreement with AccesRail and Amadeus. East Japan Railway can now provide international travellers the opportunity to purchase their rail pass in advance of travelling to Japan, while the travel agent builds the customer’s travel itinerary.
The East Japan Railways Pass is an economical and flexible rail pass available for international travellers to travel around Eastern Japan. It is valid for travel on all the 72 railway lines of JR East: Five Shinkansen Super Express Lines and sixty-seven Conventional Lines. The pass area includes Tokyo's metropolitan rail system, as well as NEX – the Narita/Tokyo Express Train.
"We are very pleased to be able to offer our customers access to the East Japan Railways Pass, the first railway in Asia Pacific to be available through the Amadeus airline display with AccesRail. To encourage rail providers to sell their content internationally they need a solution which is easy to use and requires little training. At Amadeus we are pleased to be able to facilitate this in a sector that has global potential for further expansion," stated Albert Pozo, Managing Director, Travel & Leisure, Amadeus.
AccesRail supports rail providers who wish to sell their products and services in the GDS principal displays, by taking responsibility of all associated administrative tasks to achieve that.
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AccesRail was founded in 1997 as a company enabling partner railways to distribute their products through the various GDS. AccesRail is an IATA Strategic Partner with IATA code 9B and airline designator code 450.
Currently AccesRail are distributing point to point tickets with online seat allocation when needed and in some cases rail passes for the following railways:
DB (Deutsche Bahn), SJ (Swedish Railways), ATOC (International distribution of all train providers in the UK), UK Airport Expresses (Heathrow and Gatwick Express), Skanetrafiken (Copenhagen – Southern Sweden), SBCB/NS (Hourly service between Amsterdam and Brussels operated by the Dutch and Belgian Railways). For more information about AccesRail please visit; www.accesrail.com
Amadeus is the chosen technology partner for providers, sellers, and buyers of travel. The company provides distribution, IT and point-of-sale 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). Solutions are grouped in four solution categories – Distribution & Content, Sales & e-Commerce, Business Management and Services & Consulting.
Amadeus has central sites in Madrid (corporate headquarters & marketing), Nice (development) and Erding (Operations – data processing centre) and regional offices in Miami, Buenos Aires and Bangkok. At market level, Amadeus maintains customer operations in 76 countries covering more than 215 markets.
The company is majority owned by WAM Acquisition, whose shareholders are BC Partners, Cinven, Air France, Iberia and Lufthansa. Amadeus employs over 7,600 employees worldwide, representing 95 nationalities. Amadeus’ revenue for the twelve months ended 31 December 2006 was EUR2.683m.
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