Tokyo, 02 September 2019 – Travelport today agreed with Japan Airlines (“JAL”) not to proceed with their proposed joint venture to form a global distribution system combining Travelport Japan K.K. with JAL’s wholly owned subsidiary, Axess International Network Inc. (“Axess”). The announcement of the proposed joint venture between Travelport and JAL was made on 19 March 2019.
Travelport remains committed to growing its business in Japan and has made a number of significant strategic investments in its 20 years of operating in the country, including the acquisition of its distribution business, Galileo Japan, in 2016. Travelport has a strong business serving some of Japan’s top travel agencies and corporate travel management companies. As part of Travelport’s global network, customers in Japan will continue to have access to a world-leading range of content and innovative technology including a next-generation desktop solution, online and mobile capabilities. Travelport also offers customers leading corporate travel propositions and access to leading 3rd party corporate booking and expense management tools as well as a dedicated, highly experienced local customer service and support team.
Travelport will continue to provide development and hosting services to Axess under technology service arrangements which have been in place since 2012 as well as maintaining its trusted relationship as a global distribution partner for JAL.