("fastjet" or the "Company")
23 January 2014
fastjet goes live on Global Distribution Systems
Travel agents across the world now have access to fastjet flights
fastjet, Africa's low cost airline, is delighted to announce that on Friday 17th January 2014 its integration withHahn Air Systems' e-alliance® product was successfully completed and fastjet flights are now accessible through all key Global Distribution Systems (GDS), including Amadeus, Sabre and Travelport.
Following the successful integration, over 91,000 travel agents and tour operators worldwide can now access the entire fastjet network, , either via the airline's dedicated agent portal or through a GDS of their choice.
Commenting on the successful launch, fastjet's Chief Commercial Officer, Richard Bodin said
"This is another big step for fastjet; facilitating access via GDS will ensure that important travel trade booking channels are properly supported and agents from across the world can easily book our seats.
"Since going live on Friday we have already seen a flurry of bookings via the new system, with sales enquiries coming in from as far afield as China, Australia and the United States."
Bookings via travel agents currently account for approximately 22% of fastjet's sales, however, as with other low cost carriers, the cost of sale via third parties is distributed in such a way as to ensure that the airline maintains a low distribution cost.
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Cian Mac Eochaidh
NOTES TO EDITORS
About fastjet plc
fastjet plc is the holding company of the low cost airline fastjet which commenced flights under the fastjet brand in Tanzania in November 2012. The airline introduced Airbus A319s into its fleet. And by adhering to international standards of safety, quality, security and reliability; fastjet has brought a new flying experience to the African market at unprecedented low prices. fastjet is implementing the low-cost model across Africa and its long-term strategy is to become the continent's first low-cost, pan-African airline. fastjet plc is also the holding company of Fly540, which operates in Kenya, Ghana and Angola.
The results of a recent customer satisfaction survey showed that 100% of customers were likely to recommend fastjet to a friend. In developing its strong brand and identity, fastjet has won and been nominated for a number of awards, including winning three Transform awards for the rebrand and launch of fastjet and the award for "Brand Strategy of the Year" at the recent Drum Marketing Awards in London.
fastjet plc is quoted on the London Stock Exchange's AIM market.
For more information see www.fastjet.com
Posted on 23rd January 2014