Travelport has sealed a new agreement with AXESS International Network, the GDS owned by Japan Airlines (JAL).
Under the deal, AXESS will be hosted by Travelport at its Atlanta data centre as a partition of the Travelport GDS. The new upgraded AXESS GDS system will be implemented by 2013.
By adopting Travelport’s technology infrastructure, the AXESS GDS system will be feature improved connectivity to airlines and a significant increase in the range of fares, shopping, hotel and car rental capabilities available for use by Japanese travel agencies and corporations. When fully implemented, the agreement will also allow for AXESS bookings to be retrieved and modified worldwide by any travel agent using a Travelport GDS terminal.
“We are delighted to be announcing such an important agreement which will enable AXESS to provide an enhanced travel agency customer experience and offer its customers a more seamless service on a global basis,” said Gordon Wilson, President & CEO of Travelport.
“The relationship forged between Travelport and AXESS is designed around putting the Japanese customer first and delivering Japanese solutions for his or her needs while harnessing the best that a fully global system can bring to the table. We are truly thrilled to be given this opportunity to work in such close co-operation with the leading player in the large and resurgent Japanese travel industry.”