Samoa Airways Sees Traction Through GDS

Samoa Airways has quickly seen the positive  impact of being on GDS and is gaining traction with the trade through the development, says Dwayne Bentley, the carrier’s marketing and communications specialist.

Bentley was one of a strong contingent of presenters at the Samoa Roadshow that has visited Wellington,
Tauranga, Hamilton and Auckland this week.

‘We’ve been flying for 10 months now so this roadshow comes at an opportune time,’ says Bentley.
‘The reception has been strong – agents have been interested and engaged.’

Bentley says the airline has generated a number of sales fares since it went daily on the Auckland-Apia route. But it is the entry into the GDS scene that he was emphasising this week. ‘We went onto Amadeus in April and Travelport in the first week of July.

Testing with Sabre is well underway and we should be on that soon. So our distribution has really been
beefed up.’

[Source: TRAVELink memo 17 August – issue 1129]

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