Air Astana Designates Travelport as Competitive Booking Source

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Tuesday, 22 February 2011

 Air Astana, Kazakhstans national carrier, has signed a long term content agreement with Travelport.

Under the new agreement, Galileo and Worldspan-connected users worldwide will gain access to all of Air Astanas fares and inventory with immediate effect.

Travelports first content deal with Air Astana includes access to the airlines extensive fares for more than 50 domestic and international routes served by 22 modern aircraft. As a result of the agreement, Air Astana has designated Travelport as a Competitive Booking Source, whereby agents using the Travelport GDS platforms can earn their commissions in full without being subject to the Commission Booking Deductible (CBD) for domestic bookings made in Kazakhstan.

It makes complete sense to designate Travelport as a new competitive booking source in our country given their quality of product, the competitive cost to Air Astana and the balanced contractual terms, said Peter Foster, President of Air Astana. Also, Travelports extensive network in every major region of the world complements our ambitious expansion plans; this agreement will serve Air Astanas needs locally, regionally and globally. Travelports undoubted strength will make them a great partner for our business.

Were thrilled to be signing our first content agreement with Kazakhstans national carrier, added Robin Ranken, Business Development Director for Travelport in Eastern Europe. It very much forms part of our ongoing strategy to invest in this region and the Kazakhstan travel industry and to be able to work hand in hand with the countrys largest carrier to maximise the growth potential of this emerging travel market is great news.

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