chinese-flag-smallIt’s all systems go at the leading Global Distributions Systems as they position ahead of the partial liberalisation of the sector in China. Abacus has just announced the appointment of Jack Zhai Fu Hua as Chairman of Abacus China while Amadeus recently installed “new market” veteran Bart Tomkins as Managing Director of Amadeus China.

From October 1 the Civil Aviation Administration of China has ruled foreign airlines can use GDS such as Amadeus, Abacus and Travelport  to distribute their airfares to Chinese travel agents.

David Brett, President of Amadeus AP, commented: “The People’s Republic of China airlines will not have this choice however Amadeus hopes for further liberalisation of the market in the future.”

Local carriers will continue to exclusively use TravelSky Technology, a Chinese State-owned enterprise (SOE) and the dominant provider of IT solutions to China’s air travel and tourism industries.

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