Low cost carrier Tigerair, which was vehemently opposed to selling via global distribution systems under now departed founder Tony Davis, has signed with Travelport to make most of its airfares and ancillary products (but not those of its Aussie subsidiary) available to travel agents through the Travelport Merchandising Platform.
In the process, Tigerair also becomes the first Asia Pacific carrier to utilise Travelport’s aggregated shopping technology.
Its previous opposition came down to philosophy – it wanted to sell directly to consumers, cutting out the added cost of selling through the GDS.
But it looks like things have changed – greater flexibility on both sides perhaps.
Established in 2004, Tigerair runs four airlines: Tigerair Singapore, Tigerair Mandala (Indonesia), Tigerair Philippines and Tigerair Australia.
It flies to more than 50 destinations across 13 countries in the Asia Pacific region.
Through the agreement, content from its three Asian airlines will be bookable through Travelport-connected agents.