A leading global distribution system (GDS) provider has spread its travel technology solutions Down Under.
Galileo, part of the Travelport GDS network, has ended 2007 with 88 e-ticketing deals sealed with airlines in Australia, allowing it to exceed its goals, according to impactpub.com.au, the website of business travel magazine MICEBTN.
As well as providing advanced flight search technology, the Travelport GDS group ensure that over 85 per cent of all airline tickets it aggregates are issued via e-ticketing, providing partner travel agents with a solution to savings on time and costs.
Galileo’s expanded Australian services have helped the group to ramp up its green credentials, with a minimum of 27 acres of forest per month said to be saved through the wholesale transition to e-ticketing.
According to MICEBTN, David Saunders, Galileo’s acting managing director for the Pacific region, said "Globally, 97 per cent of our top ticket volume producers are now e-ticket enabled which means we are well on our way to meeting IATA’s [International Air Transport Association] goals for May 2008."
The Asian region was also said to have been an area of expansion for Galileo, seeing new e-ticketing agreements struck up with Indian Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Air Vanuatu, Air Pacific, Solomon Airlines Vietnam Airlines, Air India, Air China, China Eastern Airlines and Lao Airlines.