Ground Transportation Included in Travel Package Via Blacklane-Amadeus Partnership
First “pick-me-up” service available for travellers
Travellers will be able to book transfers to and from airports, hotels and other destinations just as they book flights, hotel accommodation or car rental today as Blacklane’s global professional driver service will soon be available in all Amadeus channels, as the first fully integrated provider in the Amadeus Taxi & Transfer solution.
The Blacklane and Amadeus partnership will meet the needs of travellers and the demands of the modern travel industry alike. Travellers will receive high-quality, reliable ground transportation services integrated in their trips, while travel agents, TMCs, and airlines will obtain new travel services to grow revenue.
Blacklane provides pre-booked rides with professional drivers at fixed prices in over 50 countries around the world.
“Ground transportation is the last missing piece of travel reservations. Integrating Blacklane into the largest Global Distribution System worldwide gives travellers new convenience to experience a professional driver service around the world”, Jens Wohltorf, CEO of Blacklane, said.
According to Peter Altmann, Head of Amadeus Cars and Transfers, the innovative Amadeus Taxi & Transfer solution will close the first and last mile for travellers whether booking with a travel agency or an airline.
The Amadeus Taxi & Transfer solution is user-friendly and will be simple for airlines and travel agencies to implement, providing a choice of quality content to serve their customers.
Furthermore, Amadeus’ presence throughout the travel chain enables the service to be fully integrated with the traveller’s Passenger Name Record (PNR) and the agency’s back-office: a unique benefit which sets the Amadeus Taxi & Transfer solution apart from others in the market.
The solution will be implemented across all points of sale in three phases:
– It will first be available for online travel agencies by June this year.
– The second delivery will be in the fourth quarter of this year, as a solution for airlines’ websites.
– In the third phase, the solution will be available in all Amadeus channels, including corporate self-booking tool Amadeus e-Travel Management and travel agencies’ point of sale Amadeus Selling Platform.