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Travelport GDS Signs New Agreement with SilkAir

7th November 2008 - 06:56 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Travelport GDS, one of the world's largest global distribution system (GDS) providers, has signed a new agreement with Singapore Airlines' regional carrier, SilkAir. The new agreement will extend Travelport's current commitment with SilkAir to five years. The deal offers new market growth opportunities for the airline, which operates scheduled services from Singapore to 29 destinations across 11 countries in Asia.

The initial agreement was signed in April 2007 and saw Galileo provide its automated fare filing solution, Agency Private Fares to SilkAir's market pricing, allowing Galileo-connected travel agents worldwide to access the most up-to-date fares on the carrier. The extension of the partnership is testament to the strong relationship between the two parties.

"Travelport's extended long term commitment with SilkAir strengthens the GDS' regional travel content in Asia and offers increased sales opportunities and improved productivity for our agency customers. At the same time, our extensive distribution network will enable SilkAir to consolidate its global presence and reach in new markets," said Brad Holman, President and Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Travelport GDS.

About Travelport GDS
Travelport GDS is one of the world's largest global distribution system (GDS) providers operating both the Galileo and the Worldspan brands, providing real-time travel information and booking capabilities to online and offline travel agencies in over 145 countries. It also operates Travel Intelligence Services which provides marketing and other critical data to the industry, and includes its Shepherd Systems subsidiary; and IT Services & Software, which offers mission critical reservations, related software and services management to the world's leading airlines. Travelport GDS is a convergence of traditional and online travel distribution services that empower airlines, travel suppliers, travel agencies, Web sites and corporations to provide informed choice to travelers on a global platform. Travelport GDS is a division of Travelport, one of the world's largest service providers to the travel industry. More information is available at www.travelportgds.com.

About SilkAir
As the regional wing of Singapore Airlines (SIA), SilkAir extends the SIA Group's footprint in Asia by offering connections from Singapore to various points in the region. The airline's route network covers 30 destinations across 12 countries. SilkAir operates a fleet of 15 Airbus A320 family aircraft; with 11 more of the same type on firm order and options for a further nine.

SilkAir has been voted as Asia-Pacific's ‘Best Regional Airline' by the readers of TTG for the ninth time since this award category was first introduced in 1995. The airline is also ranked amongst the world's top five in Travel + Leisure magazine's World's Best Awards 2008, making it the only regional airline in the coveted list.

 

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