Southwest Airlines and Amadeus sign contract: BTN

Posted: April 23, 2012 in Airlines, Aviation & Airports (General News), Europe, USA
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Southwest Airlines and Amadeus IT Group announced today that they have entered into a joint contract for Amadeus’ Altea reservations solution that would support the carrier’s international service.

Southwest Airlines Co. will use a travel-reservations system from Amadeus IT Group to operate international flights in 2014.

Southwest Airlines Co. will use a travel-reservations system from Amadeus IT Group to operate international flights in 2014.: Photo Courtesy: Stu Seeger/Flickr/Creative Commons

Now that the contract is finalised, the two companies will work closely together to implement Amadeus’ technology to allow Southwest to operate international flights in 2014.

AirTran Airways, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Southwest Airlines, currently serves international destinations.  As the AirTran international flights transition to Southwest, Amadeus will support Southwest’s international flying.

While the Amadeus IT Group agreement focuses on the international element of Southwest’s reservation system, the contract also provides the option for Southwest to convert its domestic business to Amadeus in the future.

“We could not be more impressed with the experience and knowledge Amadeus IT Group brings to the table,” said Southwest Airlines Chairman, President, and CEO Gary Kelly. “They are a premier technology provider, and we are confident in their ability to meet and exceed our needs as we prepare for the exciting opportunity to extend the Southwest brand into the international marketplace.”

Luis Maroto, President & CEO, Amadeus commented: “This agreement is a  milestone for Amadeus, both in North America and beyond.  Indeed, not only is Southwest an industry leader in terms of its size, the airline is also the global ‘standard’ for low-cost carriers, celebrating 39 consecutive years of profits.”…..

Read the full story at BTN….


BTN Team
23rd April 2012


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