Abacus India launches Dual Currency Pricing Capabilities

Travel News Asia 10 March 2005

Abacus is introducing automated ticketing to the Indian market place using its Transitional Automated Ticket (TAT) system for domestic itineraries priced with a base fare in USD but with an equivalent fare in INR (Indian Rupees).

Until recently, Abacus subscribers who already had access to dual currency pricing capabilities could only issue TAT tickets with INR quoted fares. This meant that for itineraries that were priced in USD currency, travel agents had to resort to other forms of ticketing such as manually hand-writing the tickets.

With this enhancement, travel agents are now able to automate the issuance of TAT tickets for domestic itineraries priced in USD and ticketed in Indian Rupees. This benefits them directly as it means that they no longer have to swap systems or issue handwritten tickets. This upgrade is a considerable time saving tool for them said Aileen Tan, Vice President, Centres of Excellence at Abacus.

Jet Airways is the first airline to have this TAT ticketing capability by Abacus-connected travel agents in India. Plans are currently underway for more airlines to be upgraded to the new ticketing system within the upcoming months.

Additionally, Abacus has incorporated changes covered under Mail Vote 200 to ensure that travel agents across Asia Pacific are compliant with the International Association of Travel Agents (IATAs) latest requirements in fare construction. In January 2005, IATA deleted the International Sale Indicator (ISI) concept in fare construction, enabling the standardization of pricing methodology regardless of the point of sale and point of ticket issue.

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