Abacus Signs Exclusive Distribution Agreement with Far Eastern Air Transport
Abacus International, Asia’s leading revenue partner for airlines, today announced an exclusive content agreement with Taiwanese carrier Far Eastern Air Transport (FE). Under the agreement, Far Eastern Air Transport will provide Abacus connected travel agents with full access to fares and inventory, and only Abacus agents will be able to book directly for the airline.
Established in 1957, focusing on chartered flights early in its history, Far Eastern Air Transport started scheduled flights in 1965 and soon became the top brand in Taiwanese domestic routes. It was granted the rights to fly regular international flights in 1996, and started cargo operations within Asia in 2004. It is now operating the Taipei (Songshan) - Kaohsiung, Kinmen, Magong route with plans for international flights. The cross-strait regular flight service from 8 cities in China was officially launched on 31 October 2011. Today it serves 15 cities in China and around Asia.
With this agreement, Abacus-connected travel agents can look forward to the ability to book and ticket Far Eastern Air Transport content through an integrated user-friendly guided workflow.
“We are very excited about this unique partnership and privileged with Far Eastern Air Transport’s belief in our ability to deliver the most effective distribution platform to support its re-emergence and growth into key markets in Asia,” said Mr. Ho Hoong Mau, Division Head, Airline Distribution Division of Abacus International. “With an extensive network of connected travel agents across Asia, we will ensure that Far Eastern Air Transport will have a broad distribution solution that caters to the airline’s requirement in re-establishing itself as a leader in the Taiwanese domestic market, as well as in expanding internationally.”
Far Eastern Air Transport’s President Lee Cheng-Chung, said, “We are pleased to enter into this partnership with Abacus. With Abacus’ strength and experience in distribution across Asia Pacific, we are confident of reinventing the Far Eastern Air Transport brand as a leader in standards and service within Asia.”
“Although we have quite a journey ahead of us, this partnership is a positive sign of things to come. We know that our partnership with Abacus will allow us to build our brand and presence in our targeted markets effectively and we look forward to leveraging Abacus network and marketing programs to reach our consumers. ” said Mr. Lee.