100% Electronic Ticketing Deadline Extension to 31 May 2008

Background:

  • 2004 IATA Annual General Meeting resolved to implement 100% e-ticketing by the end of 2007
    • 40% implementation by end 2005 (achieved November 2005)
    • 70% implementation by end 2006 (achieved October 2006)
    • 80% ET achieved at end-April 2007
  • Maximum (long term) ET penetration is 96.5% before paper is removed
  • 3.5% of paper tickets cannot be converted to ET
    • 0.1% for airlines not intending to ever convert to ET
    • 1% for agents and passengers’ preference to paper versus ET
    • 2.4% for interline agreements which are rarely used and uneconomic to convert to ET
  • Based on current BSP status and project pace IATA projects 92% ET by end 2007
  • June 4, 2007 AGM resolved to extend the deadline to 31 May 2008
    • 5 month, one-time extension helps airlines behind schedule due to late starts, regional differences, system enhancements, regulatory limitations (eg. Russia)
    • Avoids year-end system provider bottlenecks
    • Acknowledges the many airlines representing the majority of ticket volumes and that are on track for 100% by year end
    • Gives time for conversion for additional interline ET agreements

 

Current Status/Forecast for ET Penetration by Airlines in IATA BSPs

Airlines based in: October 2006

October
2007

Est. Dec 2007
Middle East/North Africa 20% 74% 82%
North Asia 78% 93% 96%
Asia Pacific 53% 81% 89%
Africa 51% 76% 84%
Europe 77% 92% 93%
Americas 70% 90% 89%
USA 91% 96% 96%
Russia & CIS 4% 46% 66%
Total 70% 89% 92%

 

Interline ET Facts

  • 20% of current interline agreements typically cover 80% of carrier interline traffic
  • ET use for interline traffic is currently 56%
  • As of October 2007, 2,398 interline agreements have been converted to ET
  • Airlines anticipate 2,300 interline agreements by the end of 2007

IATA Support:

IATA has actively engaged 420 airlines since 2004 launch using a number of tools:

  • ET Buddy system has supported 59 airlines.
  • IATA’s online ‘Match Maker’ service has allowed 141 airlines to establish contact with other carriers to set up Interline Electronic Ticketing agreements.
  • GBR Generator, an online tool, is now used by 84 airlines to more quickly develop General Business Requirements (GBR) for IET agreements. 
  • Workshops held around the globe
  • IATA experts providing hands on support for implementing airlines

As well as extending the deadline the AGM resolution calls for:

  • IATA to continue work to assist all airlines in meeting the new deadline
    • and support individual airlines that wish to complete the elimination earlier in 2008
  • Airlines to clearly communicate their plans for future electronic interline relationships with all their existing interline partners.

 

Updated: December 2007