15 MENA airlines sign 10-year distribution contract with Amadeus

The agreement with Amadeus was signed on Wednesday.
Updated 08 December 2017
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15 MENA airlines sign 10-year distribution contract with Amadeus

Fifteen airlines from the Middle East and North Africa entered on Wednesday into a 10-year framework agreement with Amadeus for distribution services, negotiated and led by the Arab Air Carriers Association (AACO). The airlines participating in the framework agreement to date carried 110 million passengers in 2016, meaning that these airlines will serve over 1 billion passengers during the 10-year duration of the agreement. The contract follows a previous 10-year agreement with 13 AACO airlines, signed in 2008.
For the participating AACO airlines, the partnership will drive economies of scale, technological efficiencies and support the airlines’ vision for distribution in the future. Participating AACO airlines will work with Amadeus to explore how to further develop and maximize the potential of Amadeus’ travel agency network, including enhanced merchandising and retailing capabilities.
The agreement comes after an 18-month process during which AACO’s “taskforce for future distribution strategies” carefully assessed a variety of technology and distribution providers according to their ability to support the long-term needs of its member airlines.
Abdul Wahab Teffaha, secretary general, AACO, said: “This efficient, long-term agreement represents a landmark for a number of AACO members with a technology partner dedicated to supporting new business strategies. This framework secures a solid foundation for those AACO members as they continue to innovate and it will remain open for additional member airlines that wish to join in the future.”
Julia Sattel, senior vice president, airlines, Amadeus said: “We are proud to further deepen our partnership with AACO and its member airlines. Amadeus’ focus on innovation and technology, combined with a partnership approach were in close alignment with the requirements identified by the members of AACO’s taskforce for future distribution strategies. Amadeus’ commitment to evolving airline distribution is demonstrated through its recent IATA NDC Certification as an aggregator and our extensive work on the IATA One Order standard. This deal represents an enormous achievement for Amadeus.”
Maher Koubaa, vice president, head of airline group, Middle East and Africa, Amadeus added: “Airlines in the Middle East have been some of the most successful in the industry over the past decade. Whether their focus is on providing travelers with a premium product, capitalizing on the region as a hub between Asia and Europe, or pursuing a partnership approach, airlines see the value in an omnichannel distribution strategy, to maximize their sales with travelers across the world.”


LuLu breast cancer campaign recognized

LuLu Regional Director for Saudi Arabia Shehim Mohammed receives the award from Riyadh Governor Prince Faisal bin Bandar. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 16 October 2018
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LuLu breast cancer campaign recognized

LuLu Hypermarkets recently received a special recognition from Riyadh Governor Prince Faisal bin Bandar for its ongoing support to Zahra Breast Cancer Association in raising awareness on fighting breast cancer. LuLu Regional Director for Saudi Arabia Shehim Mohammed represented LuLu at the award ceremony held at the launch event of Zahra’s breast cancer month campaign.

The campaign announced the organization’s aim to focus on genetic screening for early detection, thereby helping reduce cases of the disease. 

Launched on Sept. 5, LuLu’s in-store campaign titled “Buy Green, Support Pink” aims at caring for the environment and giving back to society. For every customer’s purchase of a LuLu reusable bag, SR1 ($0.27) will be donated to Zahra.

“LuLu is deeply honored to be recognized for our CSR efforts by the Riyadh government. We believe that as a well-known retail destination, our dedicated service to our loyal customers goes beyond providing the best products, but more so to being a committed supporter of various social initiatives. Our sincerest gratitude to Zahra for working hand in hand with us to be an instrument of change for people in need,” Shehim said. 

LuLu has dedicated a special green checkout counter in its stores, where customers can have faster transactions that will save time in shopping when they use the reusable bags. This special counter has been permanently available in stores since the campaign launch.

LuLu has always been a key promoter of sustainability, environment protection, and the less fortunate people. Over the years, the retailer has initiated many projects toward these causes and hopes to continue to do so in the future.