Abacus signs Jetstar deals
SINGAPORE, 7 March 2013: Abacus International has signed global distribution agreements with Jetstar Group and Jetstar Japan adding to its growing list of low-cost airlines.
The new agreement will ensure that Abacus-connected agencies across Asia Pacific will have access to fare content of the Jetstar group of airlines.
It also indicates that more low-cost airlines are tapping travel agency pipelines to top up seat bookings, although the majority of seats continue to be sold directly to consumers through airline websites.
Abacus claims to have the largest low-cost, hybrid and regional portfolio in Asia Pacific in its system although this will be challenged by both Travelport and Amadeus that are also keen to tap the low-cost airline content and deliver it to their networks of travel agencies.
The latest deal draws in most of the Jetstar Group airlines. It already acts as distribution pipeline for Jetstar International (JQ), Valuair (VF) and Jetstar Asia (3K).
Jetstar Group of airlines should more than double its bookings on Abacus platform this year with the inclusion of Jetstar Japan (GK) and Jetstar Hong Kong when it launches later this year.
“We are very excited to expand access to our low fares with this new agreement with Abacus International,” said Chief Commercial Officer of the Jetstar Group, David Koczkar. “Jetstar prides itself on continuing to invest in partnerships which help us provide even more customers with the lowest fares.”
“As we continue to grow within the region through our new network in Japan and Jetstar Hong Kong later in the year, being able to tap on Abacus’ wide network of travel agencies across the Asia Pacific, will be invaluable and will provide us with great travel growth opportunities.”