Travel agencies worldwide connected to Amadeus can now sell seats on Germanwings, the new German low-fare carrier. On 1 April 2003, Germanwings joined other low fare airlines already available through the Amadeus System, such as Virgin Express, Zip Air, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Sterling, AirTran Airways and AirAsia.
Germanwings started flying out of Cologne, Germany, in October of last year. It now flies to nineteen European destinations with a fleet of five Airbus A319 and three Airbus A320 passenger jets.
“The huge demand for low cost air fares today has generated a very competitive environment. To reach the largest number of potential passengers, we are happy to sell through travel agencies as well as through our own website,” says Joachim Klein, managing director of Germanwings.
Holger Taubmann, director of airline marketing and sales for Amadeus, says that “Germanwings in the Amadeus System is further proof that we are in a position to offer a profitable distribution solution for the low fare carrier sector.” He adds that Amadeus is currently in discussion with more low fare carriers and expects to increase the number of carriers available in the system during the year.