Japan Airlines and Travelport have agreed to
unify Travelport Japan and JAL's 100% owned subsidiary, Axess
International, under a joint venture called Travelport Axess.
Travelport Axess will continue to offer travel
agents services through Axess' GDS platform and enable access to
Travelport's GDS platforms, Apollo and Galileo.
The proposed joint venture will provide online,
mobile and corporate travel propositions including global booking
and expense management tools as well as access to New Distribution
Capability (NDC) content, offering Japanese travel agencies and
their customers the best of locally developed products with best
in class global connectivity and capabilities.
Yoriyuki Kashiwagi, Japan Airlines` Executive
Officer of International Passenger Sales, said, "We believe that
the future of travel will be transformed by technological
innovation. I am confident that Travelport Axess will be able to
help Japanese travel agents to respond to growing global demands
by offering services based on state-of-the-art technology."
Under the planned agreement, Travelport will
hold a majority stake in Travelport Axess, with JAL controlling
the remaining stake and playing an active role in the joint
venture. Following the signing of a definitive agreement between
Travelport and JAL, the new joint venture is expected to be formed
on 1 June 2019.
Initially, Travelport Japan and Axess will
continue to operate independently, with a gradual program of
integration to combine the two organizations commencing later this
Gordon Wilson, President and Chief Executive
Officer of Travelport, said, "This announcement and our ongoing
partnership with Japan Airlines is a significant advance in the
provision of state-of-the-art technology for the Japanese travel
industry. We are very excited about the growth opportunities it
presents for our mutual travel agency customers."