Japan Airlines (JAL) and Travelport recently agreed to unify Travelport Japan and JAL's 100% owned subsidiary Axess International under a joint venture called Travelport Axess. From here on out, Travelport Axess will continue to offer travel agents services through Axess' GDS platform and enable access to Travelport's GDS platform, Apollo and Galileo.
The joint venture will provide online, mobile and corporate travel propositions, including global booking and expense management tools, as well as access to New Distribution Capability (NDC) content, thus offering Japanese travel agencies and their customers a suite of locally developed products with best-in-class global connectivity and capabilities.
"We believe that the future of travel will be transformed by technological innovation," said Yoriyuki Kashiwagi, executive officer of international passenger sales, Japan Airlines. "I am confident that Travelport Axess will be able to help Japanese travel agents to respond to growing global demands by offering services based on state-of-the-art technology."
Gordon Wilson, president and CEO of Travelport, added, "This announcement and our ongoing partnership with Japan Airlines is a significant advance in the provision of state-of-the-art technology for the Japanese travel industry. We are very excited about the growth opportunities it presents for our mutual travel agency customers."
Under the planned agreement, Travelport will hold a majority stake in Travelport Axess, with JAL controlling the remaining stake and playing an active role in the joint venture. Following the signing of a definitive agreement between Travelport and JAL, the new joint venture is expected to be formed on June 1, 2019.