Travelport has announced a new long-term IT agreement with Azul Brazilian Airlines, the third-largest airline in Brazil. Azul is deploying Travelport’s interline e-ticketing (IET) and through check-in solutions. The move offers Azul access to a platform for the exchange and processing of IET and Inter-host Through Check-In (IATCI) messages between airlines and their interline/codeshare partners.
The agreement allows Azul to offer customers interline and check-in capabilities in use by global network airlines to seamlessly serve passengers through Azul’s partner network and any travel distribution channel.
Azul is also the newest participant in Travelport’s e-ticket database hosting service (Travelport ETDBase), a solution in use by hundreds of airlines to manage e-ticket data for online and interline e-ticketing. Azul also joins the Travelport E-Ticket Interchange, one of the largest global e-ticketing facilities for the exchange of interline e-ticket messages between participating airlines’ networks. This includes airline partners, rail partners, ground handlers and global distribution systems (GDS).
The platform accelerates interline connectivity between airlines and their partners and currently supports more than 420 participants and over 6,000 interline/codeshare agreements, while processing over 650 million IET messages annually.
Through the Travelport Check-In Interchange, Azul will be able to allow its reservation agents and travel agents to assign seats and issue boarding passes for traveler connections on partner and codeshare flights. The Travelport Check-In Interchange already has connectivity to approximately 20 different airline departure control systems (DCS) around the world for seamless through check-in. The Travelport Check-in Interchange manages all IATCI messages between partners, mitigates an airline’s risk of changing messaging technology, improves time-to-market and lowers airlines’ costs to deploy IATCI, Travelport said.