August 12, 2007
|A sample of AirXML service links:
New Travel Distribution Thrives on Direct Access to Schedules and Fares, Now in Bulk and Realtime
The AirXML Service for the realtime distribution of flights through modern sales channels — including corporate, agency and special-interest group websites — now allows the bulk download of schedule and fares.
The new AirXML API transaction allows travel package and fare consolidator websites to instantly build a local cache, on a daily basis, of an airline’s complete schedule and fares, replacing the “screen scraping” method to capture airline availability information. This (often prohibited) technique can take days for a simple snapshot of a single airline’s schedule and fares, only to result in the display of outdated information to travel shoppers.
|The AirXML Service is a B2B link originally developed to support the following business objectives:
But a growing number of companies specialized in dynamic packaging of holidays and tours also require accurate airfare information. Dynamic packaging requires instant access to a large range of fares and flight information over an extensive period of time, which is poorly served by the rough screen scraping technique. The combination of the AirXML Service bulk schedule and fares download, with AirXML API realtime fares display and booking transactions, significantly enhances packaged travel sales and customer service.
Air travel booking for the holiday package site jet2holidays.com, which has reported record sales this summer ( Jet2.com announces record bookings) is provided through the AirXML Service.
In addition, public “Fare Consolidator” sites, which hope to serve visitors with useful airfare comparisons over a large range of airlines and dates, know that gathering this information through screen scraping is increasingly ineffective. The new AirXML API bulk download transaction provides an accurate daily snapshot of airline-supplied fares.
The AirXML Service has become a major factor in travel distribution since its launch in September 2006, connecting dozens of travel agency, corporate and special-interest websites with realtime fares display and booking of airlines using the AirKiosk Internet Reservations System. Individual AirKiosk system airlines may sponsor private links, offering special fares or promotions to their customers registered through the AirXML Service.
The AirXML Service is available to bona fide websites interested in promoting the flights offered by AirKiosk system airlines. For more information and to obtain the required access information and codes, please contact any AirKiosk system airline or contact Sutra, Inc. directly.
Sources: Sutra, Inc.