The 2011 Board target of six live Global Distribution Systems (GDS) is forecast to be reached before the end of the year.
- Amadeus became live at the end of April 2011 for 16 airlines who completed the early implementation process successfully. The global rollout for Amadeus became effective as of 30 June for all airlines who had not been activated earlier.
- Travelport became live in their Galileo and Apollo systems on 24 June.
- Travelsky, the major GDS in China, became live on 8 July.
This means that all travel agents connected to these GDSs can now access automated baggage rules data.
These GDSs joined IT providers Datalex, Hewlett-Packard (with HP fares and HP axsRes) and SITA, who became live on 1 April 2011, as well as Infini, who went live on 18 April 2011.
ATPCO and IATA have jointly prepared and led an ABR Working Group meeting, held in Washington D.C. on 26-29 July 2011. Airlines, GDS and DCS providers participated in defining the next technical steps of the project, and launched the first working group with the DCS community.
For more information on ABR, visit www.iata.org/abr