fastjet now live on global distribution systems

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fastjet’s is now live and fully featured within a total of seven Global Distribution Systems (GDS), allowing 91 000 travel agents and tour operators in 190 markets to access flight information and book tickets instantly.

In partnership with Hahn Air Systems, the airline is available under Marketing Code H1 and Operations Code FN, and can be found in Amadeus, Apollo, AXESS, Galileo, Sabre, Sirena and Worldspan.

“fastjet’s primary booking channel has historically been a direct one, with travel agents and passengers booking their tickets online at www.fastjet.com in order to receive the greatest benefit of our low-cost model,” says Richard Bodin, fastjet’s Chief Commercial Officer.

“The availability of fastjet flights through all of the main GDS now allows travel agents to make use of their preferred booking and payment channels – either via fastjet’s dedicated agent portal or through a GDS of their choice.”

fastjet operates between Johannesburg and Dar es Salaam three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and tickets via GDS are priced from 1864 ZAR one way, inclusive of all surcharges, airport charges, government taxes, and one checked-in 20kg bag.

Flights depart on these days from Dar es Salaam’s Julius Nyerere International Airport at 10h30, and land at OR Tambo International Airport at 13h20. The return flight from Johannesburg to Dar es Salaam departs at 14h15 and lands at 18h50, with a flight time of 3½ hours.

The first flight for fastjet’s second international route between Dar es Salaam and Lusaka is scheduled for 1 February 2014, and will operate twice a week on Thursdays and Saturdays. The airline also has a significant Tanzanian domestic network including Dar es Salaam, Mwanza, Kilimanjaro and Mbeya. All of these flights will now be accessible via GDS.

“Since going live on GDS we have already seen a flurry of bookings, with significant sales enquiries coming in from the South African travel trade and from as far afield as China, Australia and the United States,” concludes Bodin.

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