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Pre-Paid Seating on BA Flights Now Available Through Travelport

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Travel agencies in the UK are now able to book pre-paid seating on British Airways flights for the first time through Travelport’s GDS channel, using their usual desktop and workflow processes. Previously, this optional extra was only bookable via ba.com.

According to Jason Clarke, Travelport’s Managing Director for Europe and Brazil, the initiative with British Airways is just one of a number of high profile merchandising announcements the GDS provider hopes to make over the coming months with other key flag carriers.

Travelport Options Integrator, which is available for connected agents to download free of charge, is the technology behind the new functionality and links directly to BA’s pre-paid seating content. The Travelport solution was designed to make shopping, selling and booking optional services through the GDS a straightforward process for travel agents.

John Mornement, Head of Selling and Distribution for British Airways, said, “Since signing our global agreement with Travelport, we have been working together to make our pre-paid seat selection service available on the Travelport GDS. We’re delighted to be going live with the Travelport functionality this month.”

Jason Clarke added, “This development not only makes the booking process easier for agents but also enables them to offer even better customer service by offering to book a pre-paid seat. It very much forms part of our ongoing merchandising strategy as a business.”

Travelport and British Airways intend to implement the new functionality to other key regions later in the year following the initial home market (UK) launch this month.

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