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Substantial milestone for Amadeus in China

Zafar Anjum | Jan. 7, 2014
Air France, KLM and Lufthansa are among the first airlines to be authorised by CAAC to use Amadeus for distribution in China

China has granted Air France, KLM and Lufthansa approval to use Amadeus' software under the new CRS (Computer Reservations System) regulations.

The approval to these international airlines came from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).

According to the software maker, it is a "substantial milestone in the China market".

For the first time, the authorised airlines will be bookable, via Amadeus through a pre-selected group of travel agencies in Beijing, Amadeus said in a statement today.

This preliminary group of travel agencies will soon be expanded to include other locations like Shanghai and Guangzhou, a company spokesman said.

"Implementing a new market wide policy is not without its challenges and we appreciate the CAAC's efforts to progress the airline applications," said Bart Tompkins, Managing Director, Amadeus China. "In addition to the initial list of approved airlines and travel agents, we have several more that have committed to working with us in the market."

Amadeus is also in the process of applying for IATA billing and settlement plan (BSP) certification in China. Once obtained, this will give international airlines and travel agents the ability to use the Amadeus system to settle ticket payments, in line with industry practices, the company spokesperson said.



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