Air France-KLM ancillaries go live on Sabre

By Travolution
By Travolution
May 16, 2013 10:50 AM GMT

Ancillary services offered by Air France-KLM have started to be distributed via Sabre.

Pre-paid baggage can be booked through the GDS as the carrier seeks out new ways of making money.

Air France-KLM joins other airlines such as including Finnair, Alitalia, Brussels Airlines and US Airways is selling ancillary services through the GDS.

Senior vice president, corporate and distribution Jean Wieviorka said: “Revenue generated from the sale of ancillary services enables us to serve our customers’ wide-ranging preferences.

“Embracing GDS technology to maximise this revenue stream will ensure our business continues to grow.

“Distribution through travel agencies and Sabre’s global reach ensures we will continue to provide full content to intermediaries, allowing Air France-KLM to deepen its footprint in markets around the world.”

Sabre commercial director for distribution in Europe, Middle East and Africa Hamish Broom added: “Sabre has been investing in technology to support airlines’ merchandising strategies for many years. The global distribution system provides an important platform for airlines to market and sell their products, and for agents to capture buying data for their corporate customers.

“The sale of ancillaries through this marketplace generates important cost savings for both agencies and airlines. By using one platform to sell multiple products an airline can significantly reduce its IT costs.

“Additionally, front-line travel consultants can improve their efficiency and customer service levels by being able to book and fulfill base fares and ancillaries together.”

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