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Expands International Electronic Distribution Capacity

GOL signs e-ticket agreement with Travelport

eTN Staff Writer  Nov 26, 2009

GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA announced the adoption of Travelport's Interline E-ticket Interchange, a technological platform which facilitates the control and operational functioning of its airline agreements. Additionally, the company extended its agreements with the main global distribution systems (GDS): Sabre, Amadeus, and Travelport.

The technology used by Travelport's Interline E-ticket Interchange allows GOL to issue tickets globally, even if the partner airline employs the traditional e-ticket model. Another product from this technology provider, ETDBase, allows GOL to build a latest-generation, e-ticket database, allowing it to store and control e-tickets issued by its partners. Sales of itineraries comprising GOL flights only retain the current ticketless model, one of GOL's low-cost management pillars.

"With this technological product, the company has the advantages of additional sales channels through airline alliances, while at the same time allowing us to retain efficient cost controls," explained Marcelo Bento Ribeiro, GOL's head of yield management and alliances.

"GOL has 5 ongoing codeshare agreements - AirFrance/KLM, American Airlines, Iberia, Aeromexico, and Copa Airlines - and 60 interline agreements. These strategic partnerships will account for an increasing share of our ticket sales," added Ribeiro.

GOL has also expanded the reach and connectivity of its distribution network by joining or geographically expanding the main global distribution systems (Sabre, Amadeus, and Travelport) with products and distribution systems that keep sales expenses down and improve connectivity with GOL's reservation system.

GOL signs e-ticket agreement with Travelport
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