May 23, 2012

Lao Central Airlines Signs Global Distribution Agreement with Amadeus

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From Threeland Travel Indochina's Blog - May 2012

According to Latest Travel News on May 22, 2012, Lao Central Airlines (LCA) - Laos’ first independent airline, has signed a global distribution agreement with Amadeus. Nowadays, travel industry - a market driven by new technologies, new entrants and new business models - is seeing rapid growth, high customer expectations, fierce competition and pressure on margins. In this challenging world, Amadeus is not only the leading Global Distribution System (GDS) and the biggest processor of travel bookings in the world, but a leader in delivering a wider range of superior technology to deal with issues. Therefore, this agreement will provide travel agents worldwide complete access to the new airline's entire range of fares, domestic and international schedules and inventories.

The benefit of the agreement is considerable for both partners. Amadeus becomes the first global distribution system to offer Lao Central Airlines content since the airline began domestic operations earlier this year, followed by the recent launch of international routes on 3 May 2012.

 “Laos as a country is becoming an increasingly active member of the global travel community with air transport links in and around the country critical to the nation’s development. Lao Central Airlines is committed to supporting that development with a rapid growth strategy including plans to introduce two additional jet aircraft to the fleet by 2014,” said Savanhphone Phongsavanh, CEO of Lao Central Airlines.

Travel agencies worldwide will access Lao Central Airlines content through the Amadeus Selling Platform. Agents will experience the highest level of booking connectivity for LCA content, enabling the global Amadeus network real time access to the airline’s schedule and availability information while communicating directly with airline’s inventory system when making a booking, receiving instant confirmation. The carrier will also implement the Amadeus e-ticketing solution which will see travel agents benefit from significant cost reduction and boost efficiency when issuing tickets for the airline.

John Chapman, Vice President, Airline Group Amadeus Asia Pacific said, “We are excited to now offer Lao Central Airlines content to the global Amadeus community and are particularly pleased to have additional content in the growing Laos aviation market. Today’s airline industry is highly competitive and a new and expanding carrier like Lao Central Airlines will benefit from Amadeus’ extensive global network of travel agents, elevating them onto a platform alongside established international airlines.”



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