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Japan Airlines and Travelport Agree to Launch New Joint Venture

Japan Airlines (JAL) and Travelport Worldwide, a leading travel technology company, agreed to form a joint venture to take ownership of Travelport Japan and JAL’s 100 percent owned subsidiary, Axess International Network.

Under the unified Travelport Axess brand, the joint venture will operate a global distribution system (GDS) tailored to the needs of the Japanese travel industry.

The proposed joint venture, which will operate under the brand name Travelport Axess, will combine Axess’ expertise in Japan and Travelport’s global technology leadership.

Travelport Axess will continue to offer travel agents services through Axess’ GDS platform, ‘Axess’, and enable access to Travelport’s GDS platforms, ‘Apollo’ and ‘Galileo’.

The proposed joint venture will provide online, mobile and corporate travel propositions including global booking and expense management tools as well as access to new distribution capability (NDC) content, offering Japanese travel agencies and their customers the best of locally developed products with best in class global connectivity and capabilities.