18 April, 2013
Merpati CEO speaks of airline’s gains from mercator’s Avantik solution
DUBAI & BANGKOK, 18 April 2013: mercator’s leading Passenger Services System (PSS) for low cost and regional carriers, Avantik, has experienced a strong year; further strengthening the global reach of mercator.
Joining a growing family of 23 airlines leveraging the benefits of the Avantik PSS web-based platform, the fourth quarter of 2012 saw Algerian based carrier, Tassilli Airlines, and Thailand based start-up, U-Airlines, sign for the industry leading product with Tassilli making their maiden flight with Avantik and opening their sales channels on the 2nd of March, 2013. Additionally, three carriers have already signed with Avantik in 2013; including Fly Georgia in Eastern Europe, Antrak from Ghana and as well as another regional hybrid carrier. All three carriers are scheduled to commence operations with Avantik within the first half of 2013. mercator welcomes all five new carriers to the group of existing users which includes such recognizable airlines as Osaka-based Peach and Indonesia’s ever strengthening regional carrier, Merpati.
In a recent interview with Merpati, CEO Rudy Setyopurnomo stated, “Merpati Nusantara Airlines (MNA) has partnered with mercator since October 2008, using Avantik for our passenger reservations and DCS. When I joined Merpati as CEO in May 2012, my first task was to look at whether MNA was harnessing the full potential of Avantik. Within two months and through a structured approach in assessing user competence on the system with mercator, our revenues increased significantly. Avantik’s fully integrated and optimised web services have allowed us to maximise our web sales; especially in the last year, which have significantly helped increase our passenger bookings. We are also seeing huge benefits in our utilisation of the auto top up feature for travel agencies. Through the power and functionality of Avantik, Merpati is on course to become a leading regional carrier and we look forward to a long and prosperous partnership with mercator.”
mercator’s extensive portfolio of passenger, cargo, financial, loyalty and safety IT solutions are used to manage the operations of award-winning hybrid, low-cost, regional, national and international airlines.
Avantik is a next generation, cost-effective PSS solution built on flexible web-services; making it an especially good fit for low cost carriers and start-ups where initial software investment considerations are sometimes prohibitive. Simple API connections mean that Avantik can be easily integrated with third party platforms to help airlines quickly realize their full potential in ancillary revenues.