SYDNEY, Feb. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sabre connected travel agents worldwide will now be able to make bookings for Jetstar Japan (GK) – Japan's low cost carrier. The carrier recently signed a global distribution system (GDS) agreement with Sabre Travel Network to provide worldwide access to its fares and schedules.
"Adding the ability to distribute through well-established global distribution systems such as Sabre is an important step towards expanding our market reach. We are committed to making our low fares accessible to as many travelers as possible and contributing to the growth of the travel industry in Japan," said Miyuki Suzuki, chief executive officer, Jetstar Japan.
With this agreement, Jetstar Japan will be able to reach out to new markets including the high-yield corporate channel. Sabre's StandardConnect is integrated into the normal Sabre display, enabling agents to immediately book the carrier's content without training on new formats or workflows.
"In the past low cost carriers traditionally have not distributed through GDSs but this trend has been changing, with many of these carriers realizing the extended reach that GDSs such as Sabre can provide to them," said Hans Belle, vice president and general manager, Asia Pacific, Sabre Travel Network.
About Sabre Travel Network
Sabre Travel Network® provides technology to the travel industry. It operates the world's largest travel marketplace, connecting travel buyers and sellers through the Sabre global distribution system (GDS). Its innovative technology connects 350,000 travel agents to more than 400 airlines, 100,000 hotels, 25 car rental brands, 50 rail providers, 13 cruise lines and other global travel suppliers. More than $100 billion of travel is purchased through this channel annually.
Sabre Travel Network is part of Sabre Holdings®, a global travel technology company serving the world's largest industry- travel and tourism. For more information please visit: www.sabretravelnetwork.com.
About Jetstar Group
The Jetstar Group (subsidiary of the Qantas Group) is Asia Pacific's fastest growing and largest low fares network by revenue. It is made up of Jetstar Airways in Australia and New Zealand together with Jetstar branded airlines, Jetstar Asia in Singapore, Jetstar Pacific in Vietnam, Jetstar Japan and from 2013 (subject to regulatory approval) Jetstar Hong Kong. Jetstar branded carriers operate up to 3,000 flights a week to around 57 destinations. The Jetstar Group carried more than 20 million people in FY12.
About Jetstar Japan
Jetstar Japan is a low fares airline which started flying in July 2012 to Tokyo, Osaka, Sapporo, Fukuoka and Okinawa. Short-haul international flights are expected to start during 2013 subject to regulatory approval. The airline has a fleet of seven new Airbus A320s configured for 180 passengers, growing to 24 aircraft within the first few years. Jetstar Japan is a joint venture between the Qantas Group, Japan Airlines, Mitsubishi Corporation and Century Tokyo Leasing Corporation.
Nancy St. Pierre