has fully implemented its Billing and Settlement Plan (BSP) in Russia with strategic partners Russian VTB Bank and Aeroflot.
IATA’s Billing and Settlement Plan (BSP) provides a single standard interface for invoicing and payment between 60,000 IATA Accredited
Passenger Sales Agents and airlines in 160 countries. In 2007 IATA’s BSP processed 458 million transactions and US$ 220 billion
“The implementation of the BSP in Russia is an important step forward,” said Giovanni Bisignani, Director General and CEO of
IATA. “IATA’s BSP links Russian aviation to a massive global network, brings tremendous efficiencies to airlines and travel agents and improves
service to passengers.”
Some 37 airlines and over 400 travel agency locations across Russia now benefit from fully automated ticketing and reporting procedures
based on international standards and best practices, including state-of-the-art internet portal BSPlink and electronic ticketing (ET). The
industry set a deadline of 31 May 2008 for 100% ET to improve passenger convenience and save the industry US $3 billion annually.
BSP Russia is well advanced at 94% ET.
Russia’s largest financial institution VTB Bank is the official clearing bank for BSP Russia and will serve as the data processing centre via
“Participation of the largest Russian banking group VTB in the implementation of BSP in Russia will ensure increased effectiveness and
efficiency of the settlement process and, therefore will facilitate further integration of Russian airlines into the global air transport industry,“
said Andrei Kostin, VTB Bank Chairman and CEO.
Aeroflot played a critical role during the BSP implementation, working closely with the Russian aviation authorities and other airlines.
“Aeroflot has long since recognised the benefits of IATA’s BSP. We are currently participating in the programme in more than 50 countries,”
said Valery Okulov, CEO, Aeroflot. “Clearly Russia is our most important market and the BSP Russia is an excellent tool to expand our
distribution and support our full transition to electronic ticketing. We are already 100% ET in BSP Russia.”
IATA has 6 member airlines in Russia including Aeroflot, Rossiya, S7-Siberia, Transaero, Vladivostok Air
and Volga-Dnepr. Aeroflot is the oldest IATA member among Russian carriers, having been a member since 1989. Valery Okulov is a
member of IATA’s Board of Governors.
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