Financial Standard | November 30, 2020
The leaders of significant associations will travel less and accelerate digital change in front of different investments thanks to the way COVID-19 has disrupted operations, a Westpac survey found.
More than 110 chief executives canvassed in Westpac's Asia Pacific CEO review hope to scale back their business travel plans substantially in the future.
The research, made conjunction with The Economist Intelligence Unit, discovered almost two-thirds (64%) of chief executives in the Asia Pacific driving the financial services, real estate and consumer goods sectors are reconsidering about the way they visit offshore operations as technology has made it possible to communicate more efficiently.
Sabre Corporation | January 11, 2022
Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR), a leading software and technology provider that powers the global travel industry, and Aviatur, Colombia's leading travel agency and one of the largest in Latin America, announced a new multi-year preferred GDS agreement to support the agency's growth plans, transform its business, and increase efficiencies.
Throughout the pandemic, Aviatur has been focused on transforming its business with technology to continue innovating in its well-implemented omnichannel retail strategy. Likewise, Sabre accelerated its own tech transformation in the past year to provide the level of personalization today's travelers want, as well as to meet changing demands within the travel industry's dynamic ecosystem.
"Aviatur has shown that it can reinvent itself as the market needs change. We believe our own technology transformation –one of our priorities—and finding the right partners to go along this path will play a key role in the agency's future. We are confident Sabre is the right technology partner to help us transform our business as we look into the future of travel,"
-Samy Bessudo, Chief Executive Officer at Aviatur.
Aviatur has always recognized Colombia as a key travel market in Latin America, and our business transformation as well as investment plans to grow long term are a priority for the board, added Jean Claude Bessudo, President, Aviatur Group.
Bogotá-based Aviatur has been one of Latin America's largest travel agencies for over 60 years, consolidating itself as a group with different business units and leveraging its leadership position in different markets such as leisure, online, corporate, consolidation, and consortia. With 130 travel agencies in 23 Colombian cities and a presence in La Habana (Cuba), Panama City, Paris and Miami, Aviatur enjoys a successful omnichannel retail strategy, specializing in tailor-made programs.
"We are excited to support all of Aviatur's business units with their solid omnichannel retail strategy in a key market like Colombia,"
-Esteban Velásquez, VP Sales & Customer Management – Agencies, Latin America & the Caribbean, Sabre Travel Solutions.
After months of fruitful dialogue that proved Sabre's unparalleled value to the Aviatur Group, we are thrilled to strengthen our relationship and become Aviatur's preferred GDS partner long term. This new strategic agreement is a testament to Sabre's valuable solutions and its commitment to create a new marketplace for personalized travel,"added José Guzmán, Regional Director, Agency Sales, for the region that includes Colombia, Perú, Ecuador, and Venezuela – Sabre Travel Solutions.
This new 11-year GDS agreement with Aviatur Travel Agency will help propel their future in the travel & tourism, technology and hospitality industries. Aviatur Group recently launched Avia Tecnología –its IT solutions business-- and Avia Soluciones Hoteleras, which successfully deployed the Sabre SynXis CRS platform in 2021 to support its growth plans in the hospitality industry.
About Sabre Corporation
Sabre Corporation is a leading software and technology company that powers the global travel industry, serving a wide range of travel companies including airlines, hoteliers, travel agencies and other suppliers. The company provides retailing, distribution and fulfilment solutions that help its customers operate more efficiently, drive revenue and offer personalized traveler experiences. Through its leading travel marketplace, Sabre connects travel suppliers with buyers from around the globe. Sabre's technology platform managers more than $260B worth of global travel spend annually. Headquartered in Southlake, Texas, USA, Sabre serves customers in more than 160 countries around the world. For more information visit www.sabre.com.
About Acerca de Aviatur
Aviatur Travel Agency, one of the companies of the Aviatur Group, has 65 years in the market. Through its offices throughout the country and its different digital channels, it offers travelers a wide range of tourist plans, cruises, tickets, experiences, car rentals, bus tickets, assistance cards and corporate trips. It also has specialized departments for the management of congresses and events, incentive trips, transport, student tourism, religious tourism, ecological tourism, and luxury tourism.
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Volotea | January 14, 2022
Navitaire and Volotea, the airline of Europe’s small and mid-sized cities, achieved an important milestone in their accelerated journey to the public cloud. Volotea is the first Navitaire airline customer to migrate its entire digital-first airline reservations and retailing platform, New Skies®, to Microsoft Azure. Navitaire, an Amadeus company, provides technology and business solutions to the airline industry, powering more than 60 of the world’s leading low-cost and hybrid carriers today.For Volotea, the New Skies platform migration to Azure positions the airline to become a data-driven airline, plus enable greater innovation and higher growth via personalized digital experiences. New Skies joins Volotea’s other integrated solutions from Navitaire operating on Azure, including its Digital Platform, payments engine and SkyLedger® revenue accounting platform. Volotea is the first of Navitaire’s customers to move its Navitaire solutions portfolio to Azure.
With the successful migration of Volotea’s full New Skies platform to Azure, Navitaire delivers on its mission to leverage the cloud to enable greater innovation, scalability, security and performance. The move lets Navitaire execute key cloud strategies to improve its operational capabilities with enhanced abilities to dynamically scale, automate resiliency and unlock richer operational insights through on-demand information and optimization. Navitaire migrated its Digital Platform, NDC Gateway, rich telemetry portal and data streaming services to Azure in early 2021.
“Our goal is to enable passengers with a seamless end-to-end experience. For us, migrating New Skies to Microsoft Azure will allow Volotea to stay ahead in innovation, to improve our data-driven strategy, and ultimately to achieve best-in-class personalized digital experience to our customers,Our digital evolution roadmap aims to be more agile and improve the efficiency of our operations. By building on Navitaire’s cloud services, we are becoming more competitive in providing the best response to travelers' demands,”
-Alex de Jesús, Volotea’s Chief Experience Officer.
“Volotea is a progressive airline that shares our focus on leveraging modern technology to drive sustainable growth and engaging travel experiences, making them an excellent partner to attain this major landmark in airline technology,We believe New Skies is the first large-scale full reservations retailing and digital platform to operate fully in the public cloud. We’re thrilled to usher in a new era in the industry with our fellow visionaries at Volotea, and to offer more cloud-enabled benefits to all Navitaire airline customers in the future.”
-David P. Evans, Navitaire CEO
Kyle Stromberg, Navitaire’s Chief Technology Officer added, Operating our full New Skies reservations platform in the public cloud marks a pivotal moment in Navitaire’s cloud journey. We’re already building on this success and are truly excited about the new possibilities that cloud technology can enable for Navitaire and its customers going forward. Leveraging this powerful foundation lets us further modernize our platforms and applications by incorporating greater cloud-enabled capabilities such as world-class big data, AI and machine learning to help deliver more value to our airline customers.
Volotea was founded in 2011 by Carlos Munoz and Lázaro Ros, previously founders of Vueling, and is one of the fastest-growing independent airlines in Europe, increasing year-on-year its fleet, routes served, and seats offered. Since its start, Volotea has carried more than 35 million passengers across Europe.
Volotea is based in 18 European small and mid-sized capitals: Alghero, Asturias, Athens, Bilbao, Bordeaux, Cagliari, Genoa, Hamburg, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Naples, Olbia, Palermo, Strasbourg, Toulouse, Venice and Verona. Volotea serves more than 100 cities across 15 countries including Algeria which will be launched in December, from France.
Volotea is becoming a full Airbus carrier in 2021, by renewing part of its fleet with aircraft from the European manufacturer. The airline, which had planned to perform this fleet unification in 2023, has advanced its plans in order to improve its cost base over the next 2-3 years and increase its network offering, with aircraft that have a higher capacity and a longer flying range.
The airline has operated a fleet of 40 aircraft in summer 2021 versus 36 in 2019. In terms of volume, Volotea and has increased its seat capacity by up to 111% compared to summer 2019.
Volotea employs more than 1,350 people across Europe and, compared to its competitors, was the busiest airline in Summer 2020 in terms of load factor, operations and customer satisfaction.
Volotea was elected "Europe's Leading Low-cost Airline" at the World Travel Awards 2021, the industry's most prestigious awards recognizing excellence in the transportation and tourism industry worldwide.
Between June and September, the airline operated a total of 85 new routes and put 3.2 million tickets on sale, demonstrating its dynamism. In October, the airline also won the tender to operate 6 new routes in Italy, connecting Sardinia with Rome Fiumicino and Milan Linate. Volotea also announced the opening of a third Sardinian base in Alghero, in addition to those in Cagliari and Olbia.
Navitaire (www.navitaire.com), an Amadeus company, delivers industry-leading technology services supporting growth, profitability, and innovation to more than 60 airlines and rail companies worldwide, carrying a total of 819 million annual passengers in 2019, including many of the world’s most successful low-cost and hybrid airlines. Navitaire offers a full suite of proven solutions focused on revenue generation and streamlining costs in reservations, ancillary sales, loyalty, revenue accounting, and business intelligence. Navitaire has offices in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Amadeus Group. Learn more about Navitaire’s industry leadership in shaping the world of travel at www.navitaire.com.
Navitaire’s New Skies reservations solution is a cloud-enabled digital, e-commerce-first airline platform with comprehensive retailing, analytics, and passenger personalization tools. The solution is designed for efficiency, using a single record approach that manages both the offer and the order throughout the passenger lifecycle. Real-time data for on-demand decision-making and omnichannel processing are hallmarks of New Skies, which are leveraged extensively by airlines with clear industry leadership in innovation.