Abacus International has signed a new distribution partnership with Malaysia’s Malindo Air.
The deal marks the latest stage in the travel technology company’s expansion in the Asian low-cost carrier market, and will enable all Abacus-connected travel agents in Asia to access Malindo’s fares and inventory, along with ancillary products.
“Travel agents now have a more flexible channel to seek out the best fares from Malindo Air using the Abacus system with the ability to book ancillary services, such as in-flight movies, snacks, extra baggage,” said Malindo’s CEO, Chandran Rama Muthy. “As we expand our fleet and routes beyond the ones we currently operate, travel agents on the Abacus system can expect to get immediate access to the most comprehensive range of fares, schedules and inventory.”
Abacus revealed that its LCC bookings increased 80% during the first half of 2013, compared with the same period in 2012, reflecting the sector’s expansion and a series of new LCC deals for Abacus.
“Malindo Air’s welcome entry into both the low-cost and full service sectors provides travellers in this region with a great deal more choice. We are delighted to be the first GDS to integrate the new content and deliver volume travel agent sales to Malindo Air. Intra-Asia traffic is growing exponentially on the Abacus system. This partnership comes at the ideal time,” commented Abacus’ airline distribution head, Ho Hoong Mau.
Malindo Air, which is part-owned by Indonesia’s Lion Air, began operating from Kuala Lumpur in March this year, and now offers both domestic and international flights to destinations including Dhaka, Bali, Jakarta and Penang.