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Amadeus inks partnership with 15 MENA carriers

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In a recent development, 15 airlines from the Middle East & North Africa have entered into a 10-year framework agreement with Amadeus for distribution services, negotiated and led by the Arab Air Carriers Association (AACO).

The airlines participating in the framework agreement to date carried 110 million passengers in 2016, which means that these airlines will serve over one billion passengers during the 10-year duration of the agreement. The contract follows a previous 10-year agreement with 13 AACO airlines, signed in 2008.

For participating AACO airlines, the partnership will drive economies of scale, technological efficiencies and support the airlines’ vision for distribution in the future. Participating AACO airlines will work with Amadeus to explore further develop and maximise the potential of Amadeus’ travel agency network, including enhanced merchandising and retailing capabilities.

Abdul Wahab Teffaha, Secretary General, AACO said: “This framework secures a solid foundation for those AACO members as they continue to innovate and it will remain open for additional member airlines that wish to join in the future.”

While 15 airlines have signed the agreement to date, more airlines in the region will be able to join at a later stage.