RIYADH: Travelport, a leading technology company serving the travel industry, has announced that it has reached a new distribution agreement with Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia), the kingdom’s flag carrier.
Under the agreement, Travelport will continue to support Saudia by providing more than 68,000 Travelport-connected agencies servicing hundreds of millions of travellers around the world with real-time access to search, sell, and book its content and inventory, said the statement from Travelport.
As the first global distribution system to manage the live booking of flights using the International Air Transport Association’s New Distribution Capability (NDC) technical standard, Travelport will soon help Saudia by giving it the opportunity to display NDC-based airline content on its platform, it stated.
Commenting on the new deal, Richard Nuttall, VP Sales at Saudia, said: “Travelport has been a valued partner to the kingdom’s flag-carrier for many years. By continuing to work with Travelport’s global network, we will provide our loyal customers with greater access to our flights and open up significant new growth opportunities for our business.”
Saudia flies to more than 95 destinations worldwide, with a modern fleet of more than 150 narrow and wide body Airbus and Boeing aircraft.
David Gomes, Head of Middle East, Africa, Turkey and Pakistan, Air – Travel Partners, Travelport, said: “With Saudi Arabia newly open to tourism and visitor numbers poised for growth, we are delighted that the national carrier has chosen to expand its partnership with us.”
“We are fully committed to supporting them with our travel commerce platform,” he stated.
Headquartered in Langley, UK, Travel Port has over 3,700 employees and is represented in approximately 180 countries and territories. Its net revenue for last year stood at over $2.5 billion.