Photo - (From left) Abdul Manaf Abd Rahman, Managing Director, Abacus Distribution Systems, Malaysia; Ho Hoong Mau, Division Head of Airline Distribution, Abacus International; Chandran Rama Muthy, CEO, Malindo Air; and Ravi Chandran, Commercial Director, Malindo Air.
Malaysia-based low cost carrier Malindo Air has announced a distribution partnership with online reservations systems provider Abacus International, which will allow travellers to book ancillary services such as in-flight movies and snacks via mobile and other online devices.
"Travel agents now have a more flexible channel to seek out the best fares from Malindo Air using the Abacus system with the ability to book ancillary services, such as in-flight movies, snacks, extra baggage," said Malindo Air chief executive officer Chandran Rama Muthy. "As we expand our fleet and routes beyond the ones we currently operate, travel agents on the Abacus System can expect to get immediate access to the most comprehensive range of fares, schedules and inventory."
Singapore-based Abacus International division head of airline distribution, Ho Hoong Mau, said: "Malindo Air's welcome entry into both the low cost and full service sectors provides travellers in this region with a great deal more choice. We are delighted to be the first Global Distribution System [GDS] to integrate the new content and deliver volume travel agent sales to Malindo Air."
"Intra-Asia traffic is growing exponentially on the Abacus System. This partnership comes at the ideal time," said Ho, adding that partnership is another milestone for Abacus in delivering fresh LCC content to travel agents using the company's technology.
"LCC bookings on the Abacus System, which increased in volume by 80 percent during the first and second quarters of 2013 compared with the same period in 2012, reflect the scale of demand within the regional trade," said Ho. "[With the new system] agents can compare and book the budget flights and offer travellers access to their itineraries online and via mobile devices."
Malindo Air, which is jointly owned by the National Aerospace and Defence Industries together with Indonesia's Lion Air, began its operation on 22 March this year with three daily round trip flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu and Kuching, but is expanding fast with new services to Dhaka, Bali, Jakarta, Kota Bahru, Langkawi, Kuala Terengganu, Alor Star, Johor Bahru, Penang, Sibu and Miri.
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