E-ticketing goes global with GF
GULF Air has further extended the facility across the globe covering destinations in Australia, Cyprus, Egypt, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Ireland, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey, the Gulf and the UK.
Gulf Air recently extended its eticketing platform from Sabre to other global distribution systems from Abacus, Amadeus and Galileo so travel agencies can use any of these platforms to issue etickets for travel between any Gulf Air destination where the facility is available.
“Electronic ticketing is the future and we are glad to be a part of it,” says Gulf Air Acting Vice President Information Technology Jalal Alqassab. “Extending eticketing to our customers is part of Gulf Air’s ‘Smart Airline and Successful Business' strategy and our continuous efforts to serve our customers better. For passengers, eticket offers lower costs and greater flexibility; it provides them with last-minute change options, faster airport check-in and ease of use. No more worries about tickets being stolen, lost or simply forgotten. The booking always remains in the reservation system and can be accessed at any time.”
Following the deadline set by IATA’s ‘Simplifying the Business’ strategy, which calls for the withdrawal of all paper tickets from travel agents around the world by the end of 2007, Gulf Air launched eticketing in November 2005 on its London-Bahrain-Singapore-Sydney routes. Ever since, the airline has added new destinations progressively and now passengers can purchase etickets to travel any destinations between Bahrain, Muscat, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, London, Dublin, Doha, Singapore, Sydney, Johannesburg, Athens, Larnaca, Istanbul, Frankfurt, Cairo, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Mumbai, Delhi, Madras Kuala Lumpur, Dammam and Karachi.
More than 40 new products have been added to Gulf Air's popular onboard duty free shopping range. These include items from leading fashion houses such as, Chanel, Christian Dior, Burberry, Prada, YSL, Givenchy and Calvin Klein. Some of these are exclusive to Gulf Air, such as the new fragrance, Pure from Dunhill.
“Gulf Air focuses on every aspect of the passenger travel in order to make the travel experience more interesting and exciting,” says Gulf Air head of In flight and Cabin Crew Services Michael Kent.