A major decision you are faced with when starting a new transportation company, or as your transportation company grows, is to determine if it is advisable and financially feasible to provide the ability to have travel or cargo agents and other transportation companies make reservations on your booking system.
The second part of this question is, if you want your agents to make reservations on other passenger or cargo transportation companies.
The decision to interline or not has far reaching financial implications to your transportation company and must be considered very thoroughly by you. The majority of the successful transportation companies do not, at this point, interline.
The subjects that must be addressed, regardless of the size of your company, are booking reservations, accounting, data communication and cost versus potential profit.
This document addresses the interline methods made available by Flight Data Management and our business partners . This will allow you to understand what is available as well as provide the basic points involved in your decision making process.
There are many methods to make this happen. We have analyzed these options and have arrived at solutions that are applicable for, in our opinion, all transportation companies.
The definition of the terms used in this document are:
Your need for interlining arose because you wanted:
These are the main reasons for wanting to be able to send and receive information (interline) to other reservation systems.
The method we will describe will bring the implementation of interlining into the reach of even the smallest company. And it will not require a staff of your personnel to implement it, use it and to maintain it.
Following are the methods that you can use to interline to other companies. eRES supports either method and in either case we will supply a turn-key solution for you.
eRES Interlining with other companies that have eRES installed.
eRES automatically interlines with other eRES systems, the selected inventory on the other eRES systems is booked the same as the reservations on the booking system. The communication protocol is a secure Internet connection and the data is encrypted. This connection provides:
The agreement between the companies will establish the percentage of the fare to be paid to the other company when a reservation is made.
The eRES accounting application automatically issues invoices on a pre-determine schedule. Payment can be real-time and made with cash, credit/debit card, bank transfer or via the IATA BSP clearing house.
Travel agents and corporate clients
Travel agents and corporate clients enroll as agents with a tool that is available to them on the eRES website. For travel agents signing up to eRES there is no interlining required. But travel agents that have signed up with another CRS make their reservations on your system via interlining between the CRS they are connected to and your eRES system. It is better for the travel agents to sign up directly with eTARS as eTARS includes support for you to pay commission to the travel agents.
Once the travel agents enroll with eRES and you approve them and set up their rules including the amount of commission they will be paid they will have the following available to them:
With eRES baggage is iterlined and if the passengers have connecting trips their baggage is automatically transfered to the connecting companies.
eRES interlining with other transportation company using either type A, type B or XML protocols
The connection from the travel, tour, wholesaler or cargo agents to eRES is made transparently via Amadeus, AIRINC or SITA. Reservations are made directly on eRES on a real-time basis. The inventory is maintained on the eRES not the other reservation system.
You will need permission from the other company to be able to book reservations on their system and for them to book on your system. This requires that a bilateral agreement be put into place.
eRES provides accounting of each booking to provide for the travel, tour or cargo agents to be paid their commission and to provide for the payment of the booking to the reservation system actual making the reservation. This requires that your company must be connected to the IATA clearing houses ACH and BSP in order to receive and make payment.
With eRES a full interline accounting package is provided.
You do not have eRES installed
If your company has another reservation system installed our solution provides a standard data interface that is easily interfaced to your system. This allows your support group to implementation an integrated solution using your installed reservation system. The required interface can be created by your IT, not programmers, personnel in just a few hours.
If you are a company that provides systems for companies we will provide an implementation for you to provide full interlining for your applications.
In order to implement this interlining you only have to tell us to implement it. We will do the rest for you. It is that easy.
We will negotiate and put into place all of the required support needed:
To implement the Flight Data Management interline support, you do not need a contract with Amadeus or bilateral agreements with other transportation companies.
If you already have or will purchase another reservation system, we are prepared to work with them to provide the necessary interface to allow an integrated solution for your company.
If you are a company that provides systems for other companies we are prepared to work with you to interline your applications.
There are two basic methods to connect to another CRS to allow interlining:
The operation and results are the same with either of the solutions.
The following charges apply to either method.