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Canadian Carrier to partner Asian GDS, Abacus

Travel News Asia 16 February 2004

After offering more than 25 carriers with inventory and yield management services, Abacus International, will be providing its inventory management service to one of Canada's newest airlines, HMY Airways.

Vancouver based HMY Airways, which began operations in November 2002, has become the latest carrier to sign on to the Direct Connect Availability (DCA) service since Abacus first introduced it to the travel industry in 1988.

With DCA, HMY Airways can maximise yields by providing travel agents with direct access to their available inventory. With the help of DCA, Abacus-connected travel agents can receive real-time flight status and seat availability information direct from HMY Airways' reservation system. HMY Airways will still be able to retain control of point of sale quota allocation by deciding which flights can be accessed.

"As we are a relatively new carrier, we need to establish a strong sales presence within our target market. As we expand our reach of international destinations, we believe it is imperative to establish a partnership with an Asian giant like Abacus International to help us expand our growth into these new markets," said Mr. Jeffery Chu, VP Strategy & Planning, HMY Airways Inc.

"The DCA service is a proven system that has enabled all participating airlines to maximise their revenue by reaching their customers exactly when they are needed. At Abacus, we are constantly working towards building a more dynamic travel environment, regardless of international borders, and we believe in constant innovation to best serve our customers' needs, wherever they may be," said Mr Rogelio Sarreal, Vice President and Head of Associate Sales at Abacus International Pte Ltd.

"Cities such as Vancouver and Toronto are popular destinations for Asian travellers and through this partnership, Abacus-connected Asian travel agents will be able to take full advantage of HMY Airways' North American reach," continued Mr Sarreal.

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