Japan Airlines moved hosting of its GDS, AXESS International Network, to Travelport. The move came after the airline bought back all shares in the GDS that had been owned by Sabre Inc., its former joint-venture partner.
In a move that bolsters Travelport’s footprint in Asia, AXESS said it would adopt hosting and IT-related services from Travelport. AXESS cited a “close mutual alignment between the two organizations of strategic thinking and functional expertise.”
Upgrades to follow
A number of functions will be “substantially” upgraded through the new deal, AXESS said. Among them are:
• enhancement of certain reservations and ticketing functions that will be customized for the Japanese market;
• improved connectivity to airlines, hotels and car rental companies;
• the ability to retrieve and modify AXESS PNRs from any Travelport desktop worldwide;
• the delivery of new products and technology for business travel management.
AXESS said it would retain a number of current products, including AXESS CREA, its web-based agency booking portal, and Multi-Japan, its group handling tool.
The upgraded AXESS GDS system will be implemented by 2013, Travelport said.