10 DECEMBER 2018
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Business Travel News last week was privileged with a visit to the Madrid headquarters of Amadeus, the world’s largest aviation technology supplier.
Essentially a global distribution system (GDS), but now with a host of peripheral activities, Amadeus was established in 1987 as a partnership between Air France, Iberia, Lufthansa and SAS. A public offering was made in October 1999, with the company becoming listed on the Paris, Frankfurt and Madrid stock exchanges.
Progressively and in line with industry evolution, Amadeus diversified its operations by focusing on information technologies to deliver services spanning beyond sales and reservation functionalities, centred on streamlining the operational and distribution requirements of its customer base.
Amadeus is big, with a 2017 turnover of €4.852bn. It has 17,000-plus employees made up 146 nationalities and processed more than 630m bookings, representing 1.6bn passenger boardings, in 2017. According to Forbes, it is one of the world’s top 10 software companies.
BTN will be featuring Amadeus in the ON TOUR feature ahead of the Business Travel Show (Olympia London 20-21 February 2019), where the company will be demonstrating the latest version of its integrated trip booking and expense solution, Amadeus cytric Travel & Expense.
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