Ethiopian Airlines and Travelport Extended Agreement in 2022

The agreement between Travelport International Operations Ltd. and Ethiopian Airlines Group to distribute Travelport+ and other related Travelport products in Ethiopia was revitalised. They realised that Ethiopian Airlines and Travelport International Operations Ltd. have worked together for more than ten years to distribute Travelport’s Galileo.

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The Agreement

The updated contract, which covers Travelport’s new features and goods in creating Ethiopia’s agency market, is in effect through the end of 2026. Mr Mesfin Tasew, Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Group, made the following remarks during the ceremony to sign the agreement on November 3, 2022:

“We are very happy to strike a renewed deal with Travelport to distribute Travelport+ and other related products in Ethiopian market. Our long-standing journey with Travelport remains very fruitful and useful for both parties and Travel Agencies in Ethiopia. Travelport’s new products, in addition to the main GDS Travelport+, are very important to simplify the business transactions in the market for both the Airline and Travel Agencies. I am very delighted that Ethiopian and Travelport decided to continue working together for the better future ahead. And I want to say congratulations to Travelport and to all Travel Agencies.”

Mark Meehan, Worldwide VP and Overseeing Chief for Worldwide Administrators at Travelport, commented on the imprinting feature as follows:

“We are delighted to renew our valued partnership with Ethiopian Airlines. Travelport and Ethiopian have a very strong growth record during our many years together, and the next 4 years will continue that success. Travelport+ is the world’s leading distribution system, and together with Ethiopian’s growth with travel agencies in Ethiopia and beyond, this is a winning partnership.  I’m confident that this strategic partnership will continue to increase value for our customers through a wider range of choice and enhanced retailing tools.” 

Travelport+ & Ethiopian Airlines

An international technology business called Travelport manages bookings for millions of travel suppliers all around the world. Modern digital retailing is made possible by the company’s next-generation marketplace, Travelport+, which links travel vendors and buyers, enhances the way travel is sold and connects sellers and buyers.

The expanded partnership between Travelport and Ethiopian, which Business Insider recognised as the continent’s top airline earlier this year, is strengthened by the extended arrangement, which includes distribution on the Travelport+ platform.

Once Ethiopian Airlines makes material available through NDC distribution, the two companies will work together to give agents access to NDC content and Travelport+ features. Ethiopian Airlines will sign up for Travelport’s Rich Content & Branding (RC&B) initiative as part of the arrangement.

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Samuel Ayobami Ojerinola
Samuel Ayobami Ojerinola
Aviation Reporter - With a deep background in travel including previous work for LoveHolidays, Omega and HRG, Samuel contributes news and analysis here at Travel Radar. Samuel also holds a BA degree in Travel & Tourism Management from the University of West London.