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Galileo seals alliance with Et-China
Pauline Tan, Singapore

Pauline Tan, Singapore  
(3rd Mar 2003)

GALILEO International has partnered Et-China, an e-ticketing specialist in mainland China, to support its distribution of travel applications such as on-line booking and e-ticketing in the China market.

Galileo's Asia Pacific region managing director and executive vice-president, Ms Janie Kaung, told TTG Asia in a phone interview from Hong Kong: “This is an agreement to jointly exploit each other's technology. Galileo has 44 airlines offering e-ticketing on its system deployed in 38 countries. By partnering us, Et-China will have access to our technology which supports this. China, with its increasing liberalisation, has huge potential so we are positioning ourselves with active, local prominent players as our broader strategy for growth in China. Galileo also provides the largest number of foreign carriers to the TravelSky distribution system.”

Ms Kaung added in a statement: “Galileo is committed to the China market and we believe Et-China is an industry leader that can play an active role in China's rapidly growing travel technology marketplace. This alliance presents many opportunities to work with Et-China and its partners to the benefit (mainland China) airlines.”

Et-China provides real-time on-line ticket reservations, on-line payment and ticket delivery services to corporate and high-end leisure travellers within and from China. With more than 200 corporate customers, including the Chinese subsidiaries of many leading global corporations, Et-China claims to be the largest corporate travel service and solution provider in Southern China. Et-China President and CEO, Mr Matthew Chik-hui Ng, added: “I'm confident Galileo and Et-China will be able to develop new e-business streams in the future to the benefit of the travel marketplace in China.” Recently, Et-China announced an exclusive e-ticketing sales and services joint venture with China Southern Airlines, the largest airline in China and one of Et-China's founding shareholders. This new joint venture is expected to contribute RMB1.6 billion (US$193m) of China Southern's gross ticket sales in 2003.

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