Kuoni Travel UK has gained seamless access to British Airways fares for dynamic packaging, without relying on former manual distribution and entry of paper tariffs.
The solution takes BA-filed net fares and rules loaded via ATPCO Category 35 automation and converts them into the format used by Kuoni’s business systems.
The solution, powered by the Vayant OneSearch air fare pricing and shopping engine, was implemented in three months and follows the airline stopping the distribution of fares to the travel trade via paper.
The advent of ATPCO (Airline Tariff Publishing Company) Cat 35 loading for special fares has helped operators by streamlining processes and removing manual interventions that could lead to errors.
However, operators may be required to overhaul their business systems, with associated cost, risk and time for implementation and testing, according to Vayant.
Business development and product marketing vice president Boyan Manev said: “We’re delighted to welcome Kuoni, one of the world’s most admired luxury travel brands, as a customer.
‘Our solution removes the barrier for tour operators like Kuoni to take advantage of ATPCO Cat 35 automation.”
Kuoni head of transformation Trina Cotes said: “Vayant’s efficient solution and project management meant we could react quickly to changes made by one of our key airline suppliers.
“The solution has allowed us to continue to operate effectively without expensive and complex changes to our core reservations platform.”