Galileo and Worldspan-connected travel agents
around the world can now benefit from enhanced connectivity on
flight bookings with Saudi Arabian Airlines.
Further to the
three-year content deal signed with Travelport earlier this year,
Saudi Arabian Airlines has upgraded its agreement with the GDS
provider, opting to leverage Travelport’s cutting-edge ‘inside
availability’ technology to ensure the highest level of connectivity on all bookings made through the Galileo and Worldspan reservation systems.
functionality ensures that travel agents have real-time
connectivity to Saudi Arabian Airlines’ fare inventory, providing last-seat availability, instant booking confirmations, current
pricing, rules, as well as full e-ticketing capabilities for
agents booking seats for their customers on any of the airline’s
Importantly, Travelport is also able to
offer ‘drop-through’ functionality whereby approved agents within
the Kingdom and throughout the rest of the world will be able to
service and ticket bookings originally made directly within Saudi
Arabian Airlines’ reservation system, helping boost efficiency and
customer service. For example, drop-through is particularly useful
for agents making large group bookings, such as Hajj and Umra.
As a result of these new features, booking
transactions between Saudi Arabian Airlines and Travelport’s
extensive global network of travel retailers will be seamless,
increasing productivity and operational cost savings for the
travel trade, as well as providing numerous yield management and
inventory control benefits to the airline.
“Complementary solutions such as Inside Availability and Drop
Through offer airlines the opportunity to boost operational
efficiency by enhancing their distribution capabilities,” said
Will Owen Hughes, senior director of airline services, Middle East
and Africa, Travelport. “We are delighted to offer our trade
partners greater functionality both within the Kingdom and
globally, including key enhancements that will ensure a truly
seamless booking experience.”
existing content agreement with Saudi Arabian Airlines guarantees
Galileo and Worldspan-connected users worldwide with access to the
carrier’s inventory of flights and fares on more than 80 domestic
and international routes.
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