Official Airline Guide (OAG) will provide Amadeus a daily feed of schedule data, giving GDS users access more accurate information, Amadeus said.

Amadeus said that approximately one-third of the flight schedules in its system will be based on OAG´s data.

“Amadeus is the first global distribution system to use a daily OAG schedule feed,” said John Grant, executive vice president of networks for UBM Aviation, OAG's parent company. “This enables travel agents and their customers to access more accurate information when they’re looking to book a flight — a major competitive advantage for any global distribution system.”

OAG says its database contains schedules for over 1,000 airlines and over 4,000 airports; tracks over 28 million departures a year ahead; and is updated continuously, processing up to 50,000 airline schedule-change messages per day.

“Airlines change their flight schedules to enhance margins, meet market demand and seize competitive advantage, and it is key that this information is made available quickly to travel agencies,” stated David Doctor, director of distribution marketing for Amadeus.

“With this new agreement, we can ensure that, for airlines which file their information in OAG, schedule changes are processed and new flights proposed for sale immediately on the day.”

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