A long-term agreement with AXESS International Network, the leading Japanese GDS owned by Japan Airlines (JAL), has been announced by Travelport. Under the new agreement, AXESS will be hosted by Travelport in its Atlanta data center as a part of the Travelport global distribution system. The new upgraded AXESS GDS system, which will provide enhanced functionality to connected travel agency users, will be implemented by 2013.
By adopting Travelport's technology infrastructure, the AXESS GDS system will be enhanced with improved connectivity to airlines and a significant increase in the range of fares, shopping, hotel and car rental capabilities available for use by Japanese travel agencies and corporations, Travelport says.
When fully implemented, the agreement will also allow for AXESS bookings to be retrieved and modified worldwide by any travel agent using a Travelport GDS terminal, enhancing customer service for Japanese travelers.
AXESS confirmed it had selected Travelport as its partner due to the two companies' mutual alignment on strategic thinking and saw the agreement as a significant step forward in reinforcing AXESS's position as the GDS of choice in the Japanese travel industry.
AXESS is one of Japan's largest providers of travel distribution products and services to its agencies users. AXESS is the leading GDS in Japan, occupying almost 40 percent of all Japan tickets.