Within minutes of the new IATA resolution
regarding automated baggage rules coming into effect on 1 April
2011, SITA went live with its automated baggage fees pricing
24 airlines, including Asiana, Cathay Pacific /
Dragonair, China Airlines, EVA Airways, Garuda, Transaero and
Singapore Airlines, are now using SITA’s Horizon Autobag in line
with IATA Resolution 302.
The new resolution redefines how baggage rules
are applied on a given itinerary, including interline journeys.
Its adoption recognizes the need for change as more and more
airlines were defining their own baggage allowances and charges
depending on the number of bags checked, class of travel, frequent
flyer status and routings.
now electronically file their baggage allowance policies and
charges to a centralized database to support consistent pricing
across channels and pricing systems.
“SITA is pleased
to be among the first major pricing system providers to support
the fulfillment of the new IATA baggage rule resolution. We
recognize the importance of new revenue streams to the airline
community and the recent SITA Baggage Report specifically highlights the importance of baggage fees as an
ancillary revenue source for airlines, accounting for over 3% of
passenger revenue in some cases,” said Brian Cook, SITA Vice
President, Passenger Solutions. “The level of
Horizon Autobag transactions in the first few week has been strong
and will continue to grow as the interline partners of SITA’s
customers implement the resolution and as more of our 120 Airfare
Price customers come online.”
With SITA’s solution,
airlines can - in their direct sales channels - accurately price
and ticket point-to-point travel and interline itineraries with
participating carriers, in compliance with the airlines’ baggage
policies. Horizon Autobag ensures the proper application of
baggage allowances and supports the collection of bag charges both
by the airline and its interline partners, ensuring that revenue
is correctly distributed.
SITA worked with Datalex
to leverage components of the Datalex Travel Distribution Platform
to enable the operation and on-time delivery of Horizon Autobag,
ensuring continuity of service for the airlines and a seamless
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