Amadeus opts for ‘Extreme Search’

Amadeus is developing a “revolutionary” piece of technology for airline websites and online travel agencies under the project name Extreme Search.

Travolution can reveal the system, which will sit inside the search and booking engines of partner websites, is currently in development and due for release in the second quarter of 2009.

Users can use a series of options contained within a Google map to search for ideas for destinations, rather than traditional From-To functionality.

Parameters such as budget, type of holiday, continent and date range can be set using Ajax-powered sliding bars.

The system will then plot results from its flight partners for an OTA or a carrier’s fares on the map.

Furthermore, users will be able to change their search options via drop-down boxes on the map and see the results change in real-time.

A fare trend graph system is also included in the tool.

Gillian Gibson, vice president for the Amadeus multinational customer group, told Travolution: “We think this is a paradigm shift in search and shopping online.”

Amadeus is planning to have a pilot system running on two major European airlines next year and at least one online travel agency, Gibson confirmed.

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