Brazilian Airline Gol and Amadeus, a company specialized in travel and tourism market, have signed an agreement for the distribution of Gol’s flight and fare information to tourism professionals around the globe.
Effective August 2005, Gol’s flights will be available for booking and sales through the Amadeus System.
“Given our expansion and international code-share projects, we recognized the need to increase our distribution channels and reach a greater number of passengers, particularly in the United States and Europe,” said Wilson Maciel, Gol’s Planning and IT Vice-President.
In addition to sales through Gol’s website, the agreement with Amadeus will make Gol’s flight information available to more than 67,000 travel agencies in 217 markets around the world.
“Our philosophy is based on low costs, high productivity and high quality service. Amadeus will help us continue to grow, as we will now be able to offer our highly competitive fares with a greatly expanded reach,” added Mr. Maciel.
“For more than 10 years, the world’s leading airlines have trusted in Amadeus’ technology to grow their business economically and efficiently. The agreement with Gol, one of the most successful low-cost airlines in the world, makes us especially proud.
“Gol is the 26th airline in the low-cost segment to have its flight and fare information distributed by Amadeus. This partnership will benefit the entire travel industry, particularly in the Americas and Europe, where Amadeus is a top provider,” stated Marcos Torres, Amadeus Brazil’s CEO. Approximately 500 airlines are currently available through the Amadeus System.
In 2004, 80 percent of Gol’s ticket sales were generated through its website. This online sales success can be largely attributed to the Company’s efforts in promoting the Internet as an effective tool for the purchase of airline tickets.
Attracted by the ease offered by Gol’s sales channels, travel agents were also included in the Internet process and obtained gains in productivity and new markets. Gol will maintain its policy of prioritize ticket sales through its website.
Gol Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes, a “low-cost, low-fare” airline, is one of the most profitable and fastest growing airlines in the industry worldwide.
Gol operates a simplified fleet with a single class of service. It also has one of the youngest and most modern fleets in the industry that results in low maintenance, fuel and training costs, with high aircraft utilization and efficiency ratios.
Gol currently offers over 350 daily flights to 42 major business and travel destinations in Brazil and Argentina. In 2005, Gol plans to grow by increasing frequencies in existing markets and adding service to additional markets in both Brazil and other high-traffic South American travel destinations.
Gol listed its shares on the NYSE and the Bovespa in June 2004.
Amadeus has operated in Brazil since 1994 and is a leader in technology for travel and tourism markets.
In 1999 NMC (National Marketing Company) Amadeus Brasil was created to represent the largest global distribution system for the travel and tourism industry in the country.
In 2004 Amadeus Global took over the shareholder and management control of Amadeus Brasil, starting a process of renovation of its solution portfolio. Brasil is among the 10 most important markets for Amadeus within the more than 215 markets in which the company operates.
Constant investments in the Brazilian operation enable the company to accelerate its growth in Brazil and in Latin America, region where Amadeus is also the leader. Amadeus Brasil’s headquarters are located in São Paulo and it has more than 10 offices across Brazil.
Gol – www.voegol.com.br
Amadeus – www.amadeus.com