Virtuoso adds its first air partner in Australia and NZ

VIRTUOSO is now offering air content to its members in Australia and New Zealand, via a new agreement with Express Tickets which has been named as an “approved Regional Service Provider” for the organisation.

The move is a response to “the rapidly changing air distribution landscape,” according to Virtuoso regional GM Fiona Dalton, who said travel agency members of the group were “looking for choice and convenience in relation to air ticketing arragnements”.

“This, and the interest from many airlines seeking to provide exceptional premium air experiences to Virtuoso clients means that it makes sense for us to welcome best-in-class air service providers to our valued community,” she said, adding “Express Tickets is the first of those announcements”.

Under the deal Virtuoso Member Agents will have access to the Express Tickets airline ticketing service solution, “empowering users with the necessary support and technology to confidently perform ticketing functions online”. “As a preferred partner, Express Tickets is also empowered to negotiate premium fares on behalf of Virtuoso for the exclusive benefit of Virtuoso members,” Dalton noted.

The Express platform offers shop and book functionality for airfares, including content obtained by the advisors’ GDS of choice as well as curated direct-connect content from NDC capable partner airlines such as the Qantas Distribution Platform and Singapore Airline’s Agent 360. “This means a comprehensive choice of airfares at all times, plus uninterrupted access to distribution channel offers. Ancillary add-ons such as seat selection and extra baggage is also seamlessly a click away,” the organisations noted.

Express Travel Group Executive GM, Ari Magoutis, said “Express Tickets is proud to be associated with Virtuoso and we look forward to showcasing our service capability and technical proficiency to Virtuoso members across Australia and New Zealand”.

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