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|October 22, 2012|
Amadeus and Jetstar Japan Sign New Global Distribution Agreement
|Amadeus, a leading travel technology partner and transaction processor for the global travel and tourism industry, and newly launched Jetstar Japan (GK), a leading Japanese LCC, have announced a global distribution agreement that will provide travel agents with worldwide access to the new airline's range of fares, domestic schedules and inventories. |
The landmark agreement makes Amadeus the first global distribution system to offer Jetstar Japan's content to travel agencies worldwide since the airline began domestic operations earlier this year.
Miyuki Suzuki, Jetstar Japan CEO, said of the agreement, "This agreement will make our low fares easily accessible to travel agents in Japan and will provide more choices for Japanese travellers.
"Accessibility is key to the low fares revolution in Japan and Jetstar is taking a leadership role by working with partners to make our low fares available to more people so they can fly more often."
Travel agencies worldwide will access Jetstar Japan content through the Amadeus Selling Platform, the most used retail application for travel professionals. Consultants will have access to the same content as provided by the airline to all other third party travel booking systems in the market.
David Koczkar, Jetstar Group Chief Commercial Officer said: "Now agents across the world will have the ability to book Itineraries seamlessly for customers by combining flights across the Jetstar network."
David Brett, president of Amadeus Asia Pacific said that this agreement is the first of many as Amadeus continues to build its low cost carrier (LCC) offering in Asia.
"Travellers are increasingly looking for increased choice for air travel and Amadeus has the most advanced technology in place to ensure the travel agency channel can offer travellers the broadest choice available," he said.
The addition of Jetstar Japan will be the latest airline in the Jetstar Group already available to Amadeus users. These include Jetstar Australia and New Zealand, Jetstar Asia, Jetstar Pacific and Valuair. This new agreement will add to the 70 low cost carriers (LCC) already available in the Amadeus system.
Miho Ohtake, General Manager, Amadeus Japan, added, "We are excited to be the first global distribution system to offer the rich content of Jetstar Japan. The Jetstar group of airlines is an increasingly important low cost option for travellers across Asia Pacific and this agreement will ensure travel agencies have access to essential low cost travel options right at their fingertips."
Jetstar Japan is a low fares airline which started flying in July 2012 to Tokyo, Osaka, Sapporo, Fukuoka and Okinawa. Short-haul international flights are expected to start during 2013 subject to regulatory approval. The airline has a fleet of six new Airbus A320s configured for 180 passengers, growing to 24 aircraft by end of 2014. Jetstar Japan is a joint venture between the Qantas Group, Japan Airlines, Mitsubishi Corporation and Century Tokyo Leasing Corporation.