Posted on: 28 May 2014 by Mark Howells
Germanwings and Amadeus have announced a new agreement that will enable the airline to distribute all of its published fares and the most demanded ancillary services in the GDS’s travel agency channel.
The carrier previously sold a limited range of its fares via Amadeus’s travel agency partners, using full e-ticketing. Now, the airline will become the first in the world to also make its full range of published fares bookable using light ticketing functionalities, making Germanwings the first carrier to offer both full and light ticketing to travel sellers. Light ticketing is Amadeus’s proprietary system enhancement which enables agents to book low-fare and hybrid carriers with the same booking process used for full-service carriers, even when established through an interface using XML technology.
Christian Hein, senior vice-president e-commerce, sales and distribution, Germanwings said: “We are delighted to be able to offer our full range of published fares to travel agency partners combining light ticketing and full e-ticketing options. Thanks to our industry-leading agreement with Amadeus, travel agents will be able to offer their customers a comprehensive range of fare options for our point-to-point and interline flights, as well as all the ancillary services that allow travel agencies to tailor the full air travel experience for their customers. This means that it will be easier and more attractive than ever for travel agency partners to make a Germanwings booking via Amadeus.”