low-fare carrier champions another interline agreement
Cape Town, 21 August 2015: South Africa's privately owned low-fare airline, kulula.com (MN), has signed an interline agreement with Germany's Hahn Air (HR), which will make it easier than ever for other markets to book flights in SA.
Hahn Air covers 190 countries and cooperates with 300 air and rail partners and 95 000 travel agencies around the world, making the scheduled German airline the leading provider of distribution services for other airlines in the world and the world's largest company of its kind.
"Our interline agreement with Hahn Air is highly beneficial, because it will make connecting flights in SA more accessible than ever for international travel agencies and travellers," says Brian Kitchin, Executive Manager, Sales and Distribution at kulula.
"Thanks to the new agreement with Hahn Air, kulula.com can now sell its flights in secondary markets where we don’t have local settlement systems (BSPs, ARC in the US), and travel agents worldwide can now issue kulula flights on the Hahn Air HR-169 document in Amadeus, Galileo and Sabre."
Moreover, kulula will benefit from Hahn Air’s additional services:
- Settlement via BSPs in almost 190 markets worldwide
- Connectivity with all Global Distribution Systems (GDSs)
- International money repatriation
- Access to 95,000 travel agencies
- Risk and fraud management
- Complimentary insolvency insurance for all HR-169 tickets
Flights that can be issued on the HR-169 ticket serve kulula.com's domestic destinations, including Johannesburg (JNB),Cape Town (CPT), East London (ELS), George (GRJ), Lanseria (HLA) and Durban (DUR). kulula’s fleet consists of 9 Boeing 737-800’s and 1 Boeing 737-400.
"We are looking forward to unlocking new markets and generating incremental revenue", says Kitchin. "Thanks to the reduced complexity and cost-efficient distribution solution provided by Hahn Air, we are now able to take our business to a global level."
"We are very pleased to welcome kulula to our partner network", says Steve Knackstedt, Vice President of the Airline Business Group at Hahn Air. "Our services create a win-win situation for all parties involved: the airline benefits from additional passengers and additional revenue; the travel agents have access to additional carriers which they would otherwise not be able to sell; and the customer has a larger choice of routes and destinations."