Codeshare with Other Airlines
A codeshare agreement is an airline business arrangement where two or more airlines share the same flight. A seat can be purchased on one airline but is actually operated by a partner airline under a different flight number or code. The term "code" refers to the identifier used in the flight schedule, generally the two-character IATA airline designator code and flight number. For example, XX123, flight 123 operated by the airline XX, might also be sold by airline YY as YY456 and by ZZ as ZZ9876. It allows greater access to cities through a given airline's network without having to offer extra flights, and makes connections simpler by allowing single bookings across multiple flights and airlines. Most major airlines today have code sharing partnerships with other airlines and code sharing is a key feature of airline alliances.
Under a code sharing agreement, the airline that actually operates the flight (the one providing the plane, the crew and the ground handling services) is called the operating carrier. The company or companies that sell tickets for that flight but do not actually operate it are called marketing carriers.
Videcom provide codeshare connections between your airline and your airline partners to allow bi-lateral selling of each others seats and IATA Eticketing.
A freesale codeshare agreement allows the marketing carrier to sell an unlimited number of seats on the operating carriers providing that there is inventory available on the flight. For this reason a freesale codeshare requires a real time connection between the systems so that the marketing carrier knows if there is flight inventory available and the operating carrier reduces their inventory levels according to the number of seats sold by the marketing carrier. Videcom fully support freesale codeshare connections for Availability, Sales, Eticketing and all other messahing required.
Hard Block Codeshare
VRS provides mechanisms to allow you to hard block a number of seats across ranges of flights and allocate this inventory to a specific partner. This keeps the allocated inventory protected from all other sales activity up until a given period before the flight. If the other airline or partner does not have the ability to connect to your system these are several other ways to receive the bookings which will then occupy the allocated inventory for that partner. After a given date that allocation is then automatically returned to inventory for sale if the allocation was not sold within the given period.