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Thu, 16 August 2018

Xiamen Airlines Using SITA Technology to Set Competitive Fares

Xiamen Airlines, a leading Chinese airline with a rapidly growing domestic and international network, is using sophisticated software from SITA to set its fares competitively in all markets.

The airline, which handled 32.7 million passengers in 2017 and achieved profits 31 years in a row, is now using SITA Airfare Insight to optimize its fares-related decision making.

More than 180 million fares are published worldwide at any one time, and typically full-service airlines will update fares throughout their distribution network of GDSs, travel agencies and websites, several times a day. By using SITA’s Airfare Insight Xiamen Airlines can set its fares based on a clear view of what its competitors are doing in markets across the world. Airfare Insight automatically identifies the relevant fare changes in the marketplace and then immediately ensures appropriate prices are in place to support the airline’s overall commercial strategy.

Xiamen Airlines Boeing 737 MAX. Click to enlarge.

Chen Rong, Committee Secretary, Passenger Marketing & Sales, Xiamen Airlines, said, “Filing fares at the right price and at the right time can have a significant impact on profit margins. SITA’s technology enables our commercial team at Xiamen Airlines to have the right fares distributed to the right customers. It also gives us the capability to analyze all our fares and manage them across multiple locations and time zones, which is vital as we expand our route network.”

Today, Xiamen Airlines serves nearly 400 domestic and international routes covering China, Southeast and Northeast Asia, Europe, North America and Oceania..

May Zhou, SITA Vice President & General Manager, East Asia, said, “Xiamen Airlines is one of China’s great successes with decades of profitability. Industry studies indicate that correct pricing can contribute 3-10% to overall revenues and SITA’s technology allows the airline to distribute all fares to customers at the ideal price point with head-office knowledge and approval. Airfare Insight also simplifies the end-to-end fares management process while putting competitive fares in key markets. A winning formula for this growing airline.”

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