SpiceJet becomes first Indian low cost carrier (LCC) available through Amadeus e-Travel Management

New Delhi, India, 16 August 2012: Amadeus, a leading transaction processor and provider of advanced technology solutions for the global travel and tourism industry, today announced that SpiceJet, India's preferred airline, is now available to users of Amadeus e-Travel Management (AeTM), Amadeus' online multi global distribution system (GDS) corporate booking tool.

In response to increased demand from travel managers wanting to book low cost carriers (LCCs) in India, Amadeus has created a framework that delivers SpiceJet's full content to AeTM users via a direct API development.

The announcement marks a milestone for Amadeus, with the airline being the first of a number of Indian LCCs whose content will be made available through AeTM over the coming year, highlighting the flexible and open nature of Amadeus technology, which is used by both full service, low cost, international airlines and small and medium size carriers alike.

Users of AeTM in India will be able to book ancillary services such as in-flight meals while ensuring they are booking negotiated corporate fares. Additionally, AeTM users have flexible account payment options rather than having to input credit card details in every traveller's profile or at the end of every booking.

Mr. Neil Mills, Chief Executive Officer, SpiceJet ltd. said, "Corporate travel is on the rise in India with business travel expected to grow by 10% this year. We are delighted to work with industry leaders like Amadeus, to ensure our fares are available to corporations in India with the potential to reach over 6,000 corporations worldwide. Thanks to Amadeus' technology leadership, we can reach our future business goals to establish SpiceJet as the leading LCC for travel within India."

AeTM serves every aspect of a corporations' travel needs through a single entry point, providing corporate travellers with unparalleled choice and control over their trips, allowing them to easily plan, book and purchase complete travel itineraries, while complying with their company's travel policies. The AeTM platform allows organisations to integrate all elements of its global travel programs - including travel policies, preferred suppliers and negotiated rates into one easy-to-use website, saving them time and money in the process.

Bruno des Fontaines, Vice President Customer Solutions Group, Amadeus Asia Pacific added, "This announcement marks a major step forward for Amadeus in growing our AeTM business in India. With the expected growth in corporate travel, especially through low cost travel options in India, offering SpiceJet content to our customers in India is well timed."

"We are proud to be able to offer the technology capabilities to help SpiceJet grow on both a local and global level. Having SpiceJet's content available through AeTM will not only enrich Amadeus' airline content offering to our Indian customers but also help corporations in our network expand their global travel programs," des Fontaines commented.

Rakesh Bansal, CEO, Amadeus India said, "This announcement will prove to be a beneficial one for both Amadeus and Spicejet. Looking at the increasing demand of Corporates wanting access to Spicejet's content, Amadeus has offered this content through AeTM. This will not only help the airline further expand its network within the country, but will further strengthen Amadeus' position in the local market as the leading technology provider for the travel and aviation industry."

Notes to editors

About SpiceJet

SpiceJet is India's most preferred airline, with 18.5% of market share in Indian domestic market, delivering the lowest air fares with the highest consumer value. The airline currently operates more than 280 daily flights to 36 Indian cities and 3 international destinations.

The city of Agartala, Ahmadabad, Bangalore, Baghdogra, Calicut, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Guwahati, Goa, Hyderabad, Jammu, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, Madurai, Mangalore, Mumbai, Pune, Port Blair, Srinagar, Surat, Varanasi and Vishakhapatnam and three international destinations namely Dubai, Kathmandu and Colombo are connected using our new generation fleet of 35 Boeing 737-800/ 900ER aircraft which are of highest standard in safety and operating efficiency.
Spicejet has acquired 12 new Bombardier Q400 aircraft for enhancing connectivity to Tier II and Tier III cities. On this aircraft SpiceJet now flies to Amritsar, Aurangabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, Calicut, Chennai, Chandigarh, Goa, Hyderabad, Indore, Kochi, Madurai, Mangalore, Rajahmundry, Srinagar, Tirupati, Trichy, Trivandrum, Tuticorin, Vijayawada, and Vizag.
SpiceJet is the winner of:

  • India's Most Outstanding Airline LCC-Domestic Award, by Travel and Hospitality, Feb 2012.
  • Voted amongst the Top 5 Best Budget Airline in Asia – Smart Travel Asia
  • Awarded for Best Website at 'World Low Cost Airlines Asia Pacific Conference', 2010 & 2012.
  • Voted as India's Best Low Cost Airline for 3 consecutive years by Outlook Traveler
  • CIO 100 Award in IT efforts for customer satisfaction and business growth category
  • India's best low-fare airline in a survey conducted by MaRs on behalf of Hindustan Times (Dec  2009)
  • World Travel Market Award for multi-channel approach in distribution (November 2009, London)
  • National Award (ICWAI) for excellence in Cost Management (March 2009)
  • CIO 100 Award for IT efforts for customer satisfaction and business growth (2007, 2008 & 2009)
About Amadeus

Amadeus is a leading transaction processor and provider of advanced technology solutions for the global travel and tourism industry.

Customer groups include travel providers (e.g. airlines, hotels, rail, ferries, etc.), travel sellers (travel agencies and websites), and travel buyers (corporations and individual travellers).

The group operates a transaction-based business model and processed more than 948 million billable travel transactions in 2011.

Amadeus has central sites in Madrid (corporate headquarters), Nice (development) and Erding (operations – data processing centre) and regional offices in Miami, Buenos Aires, Bangkok and Dubai. At a market level, Amadeus maintains customer operations through 73 local Amadeus Commercial Organisations covering 195 countries.

Amadeus is listed on the Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao and Valencia stock exchanges and trades under the symbol "AMS.MC". For the year ended December 31 2011, the company reported revenues of €2,707 million and EBITDA of €1,039 million. The Amadeus group employs around 10,000 people worldwide, with 123 nationalities represented at the central offices.

Amadeus India Private Limited was established in 1994 and is ISO 9001:2008 certified. Amadeus India's head office is located in New Delhi, with a wide network of 40 branch offices providing support to travel agents across the Indian sub-continent. Amadeus India offers agents access to more than 95% of scheduled airline seats as well as hotel rooms, insurance packages, car hire and other travel services worldwide. Amadeus' distribution system is preferred by travel agents in 217 cities across India as well as in Bangladesh, Nepal and Colombo with over 42,000 terminal installations in more than 13,000 travel agencies.

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