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Travelport agrees Japanese GDS venture

The new joint venture with Japan Airlines, Travelport Axess, will combine Travelport’s technology with local expertise.

The Japanese flag carrier Japan Airlines (JAL) and travel technology company Travelport have agreed to form a joint venture to operate under the Travelport Axess brand, it has been announced today.

The venture will take ownership of Travelport Japan and the airline’s subsidiary Axess International Network and will operate a global distribution system tailored to the needs of the Japanese travel industry.

Combining Axess’ expertise in Japan and Travelport’s experience as a global distribution system provider, Travelport Axess will continue to offer travel agents services through the Axess GDS platform while also enabling access to Travelport’s platforms Apollo and Galileo.

It will provide online, mobile and corporate travel propositions including global booking and expense management tools as well as access to New Distribution Capability content, which Travelport is helping to pioneer.

Trusted relationship
Travelport has provided core systems to Axess under technical collaboration arrangements since 2012 and says it has “established a trusted relationship with JAL”.

It adds that the joint venture will strengthen its position in Japan’s growing international travel industry, which topped the 30 million mark for the first time in 2018.

The two sides say that Travelport Axess “will benefit from a team of Japan-based service agents and product specialists uniquely able to deliver products tailored to customer needs. Through combining the strengths of the two companies, Travelport Axess aims to build a strong position and plans to become the leading GDS provider in Japan”.

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