Airlines Will Get Centralised E-Ticketing
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Under the new scheme, participating airlines will be able to link to a centralised service for processing and exchanging e-tickets. In turn, this will enable passengers to fly and rebook on more than one airline on the same trip -- which is not currently possible unless booking with the few carriers that have reciprocal arrangements.
"This new service will mark another e-business milestone for the airline industry," said Greg Conley, general manager, IBM Global Travel & Transportation.
"It will enable airlines to connect to a centralized e-ticket service by developing a single, simple interface -- a much more efficient process than the current one requiring airlines to establish reciprocal electronic links with one another."