Open AXIS Group Wins New Global Support

Posted: June 9th, 2011

Posted by Travel Agent Center, 7th June 2011

Written by George Dooley, Contributing Editor

Underscoring the changes underway in travel distribution, the Open AXIS Group reports 20 new members including Alaska Airlines who has joined as a full member and has become a member of the board. In addition, Air France and KLM and Copa Airlines (Panama) have also joined as full members.

The group reports membership has continued to grow over the past six months as more airlines and allied members start work on direct connect distribution and pursuing adoption opportunities. Membership now includes a total of 43 members, 10 of which are airlines, Open AXIS reports.

“The addition of these new members illustrates growing demand from airlines and technology companies alike for a comprehensive XML standard for airline connectivity,” stated Jim Young, executive director of Open AXIS Group. “In particular, we’re seeing increasing momentum for traveler authenticated direct distribution and our growing membership base reflects the extension of the Open AXIS message outside of North America to Latin America, Europe and Asia.”

New Allied Members include TravelSky (China), Agentware, Inc., ARTA, ARTA Canada, Fare Compare, FlightView, Goldenware Travel Technologies, Hipmunk, Intelisys Aviation Systems, KDS, MindTree Limited, Motocol LLC, OpenJaw Technologies LTD, Rearden Commerce, SkyScanner LTD, Travelguard Worldwide, Inc. and Travel Technology Research.

Open AXIS Group’s primary goal is advocacy and the promotion of eXtensible Markup Language (XML) as the optimal electronic messaging structure for airline system connectivity used in content distribution. The organization says it has already established a proven XML schema as the baseline for its standard and will work closely with its members to adopt, promote, enhance and maintain this schema to create a robust industry standard that addresses the needs of both the supply and demand sides of the travel supply chain.

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