Ex­press Aeronol­ogy deal

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EX­PRESS Travel Group’s (ETG) new agree­ment with the Peter La­caze-backed Aeronol­ogy (TD break­ing news) prom­ises to al­low the agency group to “leapfrog our com­peti­tors”, ac­cord­ing to ETG CEO Tom Man­war­ing.

The new travel tech­nol­ogy plat­form, de­vel­oped by Aeronol­ogy CEO Rus­sell Carstensen who for­merly headed up Hel­loworld’s Air Tick­ets and QBT cor­po­rate travel op­er­a­tions, has been de­vel­oped from the ground up to be com­pat­i­ble with the lat­est sys­tems in­clud­ing IATA’s NDC (TD 05 Dec).

“This agree­ment com­ple­ments our truly in­de­pen­dent busi­ness model,” Man­war­ing said, with the sys­tems to be avail­able to all ETG mem­bers in Aus­tralia as well as ex­clu­sively for mem­bers of NZ’s First Travel Group (FTG).

“The ETG/FTG strat­egy is to en­sure our cus­tomers’ hard work is re­warded with ex­cel­lent re­turns.

“Our aim is to en­sure our cus­tomers stay rel­e­vant and have their cost of sale the low­est in the mar­ket by us­ing our tech and dis­tri­bu­tion...2020 her­alds a new and ex­cit­ing di­rec­tion for us and our part­ners,” Man­war­ing said, not­ing that the plat­form even al­lows travel busi­nesses in Aus­tralia and NZ to trade to­gether on a sin­gle sys­tem.

Carstensen said he was proud to be work­ing with the ETG/FTG team and Man­war­ing.

“I found his ded­i­ca­tion to run a busi­ness with in­tegrity and based on fam­ily val­ues match my own.

“Tom has in­vested in some of the best travel tech­nol­ogy in the world and we, at Aeronol­ogy, are ec­static to sup­port his busi­ness vi­sion,” he added.

Carstensen said the new ser­vices would be rolling out in the first quar­ter of 2020, with the ETG/FTG deal with Aeronol­ogy cov­er­ing a range of ap­pli­ca­tions in­clud­ing tick­et­ing, ro­bot­ics, whole­sale book­ing and pay­ment ser­vices.

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