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Amadeus said today (November 30) it was making IATA’s Electronic Miscellaneous Document (EMD) available to travel agencies.
The travel IT company said it was the first in the field with the document which helps buyers calculate spend on airline unbundling fees.
It also claimed to be the first to receive the sign off for the facility from IATA, the airline cartel.
GDSs like Amadeus are obliged to make EMD available to all agencies which use ARC (Airlines Reporting Corporation) and BSP (Billing & Settlement Plan) markets by the end 2013.
Amadeus said it had already announced the availability of EMD to airlines earlier this year.
Rudy Daniello, Amadeus’ director for distribution product management, said EMD gave the industry a “full solution for travel agencies that is critical for industry profitability.”
He added: “Travel agencies will now have a single standardised method to issue the sale of all airline services, fully integrated into their system, which will provide a more efficient way of keeping track of spending.”