Travelport (NYSE: TVPT), the leading Travel Commerce Platform, and Comair Limited today announced the renewal of its long-term full content agreement.
Founded in 1946, Johannesburg-based Comair is a South African airline offering domestic and regional services to destinations in South Africa, Mauritius, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Since 1998, the company has operated as a South African franchise of British Airways, offering a premium service under the British Airways brand and livery, with bookings available through the ba.com website. Comair also wholly-owns the Johannesburg-based South African LCC kulula.com, which offers an extensive domestic network.
Under the renewed agreement, Travelport will continue to support Comair by providing over 68,000 Travelport-connected agencies servicing hundreds of millions of consumers around the world with real-time access to search, sell, and book its full content and inventory. Comair will also continue to be one of over 250 global airlines using Travelport’s Rich Content and Branding merchandising tool, which gives agencies and travel bookers a graphically rich experience when searching for and booking branded fares.
As the only global distribution system (GDS) to be certified by IATA as a “Level 3” Aggregator under its New Distribution Capability (NDC) initiative, Travelport will soon further help Comair by giving it the opportunity to create NDC connections and display NDC-based airline content on its platform.
Commenting on the renewed agreement, Shaun Pozyn, Marketing, Loyalty and Customer Experience Head at Comair, said: “This renewed partnership offers great growth potential for us and demonstrates our commitment to deliver consistent value, reliability, and professionalism. By providing our travel agency partners with strong visuals and detailed descriptions of our products and services – just like on our websites, Rich Content and Branding helps ensure Comair continues to gain market share in the Southern African aviation and travel industry.”
Philip Saunders, Vice President, Air Commerce, Europe Middle East and Africa at Travelport added: “We are delighted Comair continues to recognize the value of Travelport’s innovative technology leadership and best in class merchandising tool. We are looking forward to continuing to deliver branded fares to our wide network of agency partners in order to help the airline meet its growth objectives while accelerating Travelport’s position in the South African travel industry.”
About Comair Limited
Comair Limited is a South African aviation and travel company, offering scheduled and non-scheduled airline services within South Africa, Sub- Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands, as its main business. The company operates under its low-fare airline brand, kulula.com, as well as under the British Airways livery, as part of its British Airways Plc. license agreement.
Managed and owned by South Africans through its listing on the JSE, Comair has been operating successfully in this country since 1946. Comair is the only known airline to have achieved operating profits for 68 consecutive years and has a safety record which is internationally recognised.
Travelport is the technology company which makes the experience of buying and managing travel continually better. It operates a travel commerce platform providing distribution, technology, payment and other solutions for the global travel and tourism industry. The company facilitates travel commerce by connecting the world’s leading travel providers with online and offline travel buyers in a proprietary business-to-business (B2B) travel platform.
Travelport has a leading position in airline merchandising, hotel content and distribution, car rental, mobile commerce and B2B payment solutions. The company also provides IT services to airlines, such as shopping, ticketing, departure control and other solutions. With net revenue of over $2.5 billion in 2018, Travelport is headquartered in Langley, U.K., has over 3,700 employees and is represented in approximately 180 countries and territories.