Amadeus receives 2012 Air Transport News award as Best IT Company
The ATN Global Awards recognise the companies that contribute most to the industry
Dubai, UAE, March 12, 2012 - Amadeus, a leading transaction processor and provider of advanced technology solutions for the global travel and tourism industry, was given the 2012 Air Transport News award as Best IT Company of the year during the official ceremony held in Athens earlier this month.
Dr. Dimitris Dimitriou, Managing Director, Athens Urban Transport Organization – OASA, (left), with Ahmed Youssef, Regional Director, Marketing and Operations, Amadeus MENA, at the inaugural 2012 Air Transport News awards that recognised Amadeus as the Best IT Company.
This recognition results from the publication’s readers’ votes over a month long period. Voters analysed the organisations’ contribution to the air transport sector, wishing to pay tribute to the best companies in the air transport industry which despite the unstable environment have made headway and helped the industry to move forward.
Based on the votes and the verdict of a jury of internationally known industry experts, Amadeus won the 2012 ATN Award for IT Company of the Year.
Other category winners included: Embraer ( regional aircraft manufacturer of the year), Airbus (aircraft manufacturer of the year), Rolls Royce ( engine manufacturer of the year), Swissport (ground handler of the year), Lufthansa Technik ( Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul company of the year), Star Alliance ( airline alliance of the year), Singapore’s Changi airport ( airport of the year) and Emirates ( airline of the year).
“Amadeus has come a long way in the last few years by providing best-in-class products and solutions that cater to the specific needs of our clients. This is demonstrated in our commitment to research and development where we spent, as a group, more than 12 per cent of our revenues in 2011 to bring the trade the best-in-class travel technology”, comments Ahmed Youssef, Regional Director, Marketing and Operations, Amadeus Middle East & North Africa, who picked up the trophy on behalf of Amadeus. ”It is an honour to be recognised by such a coveted industry platform.”
“We are very proud to have been recognised for this award. This further commits us to strengthening our technological partnership with the travel industry with even greater enthusiasm. The accolade underscores our commitment to setting high standards and contributing positively to the growth of the aviation sector and the global travel and tourism industry as a whole”, says Antoine Medawar, Vice President, Amadeus Middle East & North Africa.
With world-class products and solutions coupled with investment in research and development (as much as two billion Euros since 2004) to enhance the travel industry’s technology solutions, Amadeus has established itself as a leading player in the region. The company is currently present in the MENA region through 17 local Amadeus Commercial Organizations (ACOs) servicing 21 countries.
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Notes to editors
Amadeus is a leading transaction processor and provider of advanced technology solutions for the global travel and tourism industry.
Customer groups include travel providers (e.g. airlines, hotels, rail, ferries, etc.), travel sellers (travel agencies and websites), and travel buyers (corporations and individual travellers).
The group operates a transaction-based business model and processed more than 948 million billable travel transactions in 2011.
Amadeus has central sites in Madrid (corporate headquarters), Nice (development) and Erding (operations – data processing centre) and regional offices in Miami, Buenos Aires, Bangkok and Dubai. At a market level, Amadeus maintains customer operations through 73 local Amadeus Commercial Organisations covering 195 countries.
Amadeus is listed on the Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao and Valencia stock exchanges and trades under the symbol “AMS.MC”. For the year ended December 31 2011, the company reported revenues of €2,707 million and EBITDA of €1,039 million. The Amadeus group employs around 10,000 people worldwide, with 123 nationalities represented at the central offices.
To find out more about Amadeus please visit www.amadeus.com
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