Press Release: Singapore LCC Enters Marketplace
Abacus International, Asia’s leading revenue partner for airlines, announced today a landmark agreement with Scoot, Singapore’s newest no-frills, low-cost subsidiary airline for medium and long-haul routes.
The multi-year deal will see all Abacus-connected travel agents across Asia Pacific have full access to Scoot’s fares and inventory from July 2012. The burgeoning carrier will also be able to tap into Abacus’ extensive regional network of over 20,000 travel agencies across Asia Pacific. Abacus is the first GDS to launch such a distribution partnership with Scoot.
A wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, Scoot will be launching their maiden flight from Singapore to Sydney, Australia on 4th June 2012 and to Gold Coast, Australia on 12th June 2012.
This will be followed by additional flight routes to Bangkok and Tianjin, of which agents within the Abacus network will also have first access to, enabling them to offer their customers a new travelling experience to popular destinations.
“We are very excited about this unique partnership and feel privileged in working with an airline that is set to redefine the long-haul travel experience,” said Mr Ho Hoong Mau, Division Head of Airline Distribution at Abacus International. “We are confident in offering Scoot a distribution solution that will cater to its requirement in meeting the increasing demand for low-fare travel and honoured to provide the most effective platform to support Scoot’s growth during this very exciting time. Our highly productive agency network across Asia Pacific is looking forward to drive sales on Scoot.”
“Scoot is pleased to enter this partnership with Abacus,” said Mr Campbell Wilson, CEO, Scoot. “With their strength and expertise in the Asian market, we believe that Abacus will provide us with the necessary tools, reach and impetus to drive growth and penetration throughout Asia Pacific.”
Scoot will operate a fleet of four Boeing 777-200 aircraft and plans to expand operations to other Asian countries. It joins over 17 other low-cost carriers/hybrid carriers in the region that are using Abacus as a distribution channel.
Abacus International is backed by U.S.-owned Sabre, the global leader in the electronic distribution of travel and travel-related services.