Global Distribution System (GDS) - Booking System


What is Global Distribution System (GDS)? GDS definition: A worldwide computerized reservation network used as a single point of access for reserving airline seats, hotel rooms, book train transport, rental cars, and other travel related items by travel agents, online reservation sites, and large corporations. The premier global distribution systems are Amadeus, Galileo, Sabre, and Worldspan.
The AMADEUS Global Distribution System ( was set up in 1987) is one of the biggest and modern global distribution systems (GDS)
What does the passenger get? For example: by making a phone call, accessing AA's ( American Airlines , Inc.) web site or visiting one of the company's outlets at home or abroad or any one of 55,000 travel agencies worldwide that have already embraced Amadeus as their booking system , the prospective passenger gets all that he may need for plotting and putting through a journey: up-to-date information about AA's flight time-tables and available seats on any one of AA's flights or flight on seven hundred other airlines in the world; the chance to book seats on AA's planes or those of 460 other airlines; the best price for the given destination, calculated by computer; all the information necessary for travelling to a particular country - from passport, visa, customs and health requirements down to bank holidays. Another way of saving time and money - an imperative of modern travel - is provided by the chance to book hotel accomodation along the route, rent a car, book train transport, package tours, all the way to visiting theatres, concerts, restaurants in cities along the way.

All that remains for the passenger to do on getting the detailed information is choose the service required - the entire process of issuing the plane tickets, vouchers and other necessary papers is fully automatic, swift and reliable.

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