Air Astana boosts customer service with automated ticket change
3 September 2009
Air Astana, Central Asia’s largest carrier, will further revolutionize its service to customers with an automated ticket change solution provided by Amadeus, the leading technology and distribution partner to the travel and tourism industry.
Air Astana selected the Amadeus Ticket Changer (ATC) product after an exhaustive and detailed evaluation. With this agreement, Air Astana will ensure that its customers save time and airline sales agent avoids mistakes, even when the passenger has complex ticket changes.
Amadeus Ticket Changer completely automates the time-consuming and complicated ticket change process and can help save as much as 80% of the time required to change a ticket. It can be used to re-issue any type of ticket, domestic or international, un-flown and party flown, past-date, online, interline, class / date / flight before/ after departure. It immediately calculates the price difference and relevant information in the currency required, enabling sales agents to instantly issue the new ticket in an efficient and secure manner. By processing fares, taxes and penalty fees in an end-to-end automated process, airlines ensure an accurate process to collect expected revenues.
The system simplifies the change ticket process from 14 complex steps to 4 easy entries saving as much as 80% of the time required to change a ticket. The originality of this solution is the opportunity to work with any currency in any country, point of sale through any channel.
“Amadeus Ticket Changer confirms our commitment to providing effective technology solutions to the airline industry, helping companies to improve processes and offer better customer service,” said Frédéric Spagnou, Vice-President, Airline Business Group, Amadeus. “We are very pleased with the substantial uptake in recent months, and the plans we have for 2008 demonstrate our belief in the valuable role this solution can play in the industry.”
According to Ashendra Liyanage, Vice President Sales & Marketing, for Central Asia’s largest airline, Air Astana: “ATC will enable us to offer our valuable passengers an enhanced service providing them with flexibility and various options when rebooking their travel. ATC will allow us to offer very quick and efficient service, removing a process that used to be complicated and cumbersome”.
In the course of 2008, Air Astana will add a number of new functions to the existing product, such as the ATC Schedule Driven option, which will offer ticket change options to the airlines’ customers on Air Astana website.
Amadeus Ticket Changer is completely integrated with the fares and ticketing processes in Amadeus' Altéa Customer Management Solution (CMS) and used throughout multiple distribution channels, including the online channel.