6 May 2014
Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) and Amadeus IT Group (AMS: MC) reported that they have entered into a joint contract for Amadeus´ Altéa reservations solution that will support the carrier´s domestic service.
Amadeus´ Altéa reservations solution currently supports the company´s international service, and Southwest has long indicated a desire to operate just one reservation system, operating multiple systems following the acquisition of AirTran and the launch of international service on Southwest. After months of due diligence, the airline selected Amadeus´ Altéa solution based on a successful international launch and future capabilities.
Over the next few years, Southwest and Amadeus will partner to move to a single reservation system. Until then, the airline will continue with two reservation platforms after the sunset of the AirTran brand in December 2014. Amadeus is the leading IT provider for the travel and tourism industry with a unique portfolio of new generation solutions and the largest customer base for airline passenger service systems.
In its 43rd year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) acquired AirTran Airways in May 2011 and by the end of 2014 intends to complete the full integration of the AirTran network into Southwest. Its website is at southwest.com.
Amadeus is a provider of advanced technology solutions for the global travel industry. Its website is at www.amadeus.com