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3 October 2017 , 1:00 pm

From 1 PNR to 1.3 billion passengers [video]

1.3 billion.

You know it’s a big number, but can you really picture what it means?

How about 40 people. Easy to picture, right?

Well, picture those 40 people entering your house. Through the front door. All in 1 second.

Every second, more than 40 passengers board planes thanks to Amadeus systems. Every second, of every minute of every hour of every day. That’s over 1.3 billion passengers boarded in 2016 alone.

Amadeus by the numbers

It can be tricky for me to describe to friends and family what Amadeus does. But it’s a lot of fun to describe the scale at which we operate.

> We’re more than 15,000 employees working worldwide. That’s more than the number of athletes that competed in the 2016 Olympics.
> Our systems handle up to 30,000 data requests per second. That’s about four times the number of tweets sent each second.
> The 1.3 billion+ airline passengers we boarded last year? That’s equivalent to boarding the entire population of China.

From our first PNR in 1992 (Passenger Name Record, or the 6-character code you get when you make a booking) to handling over 595 million bookings in 2016, we’ve grown tremendously over the years.  (Take a look at this infographic to see some of our key milestones along the way)
 
What’s next?

Today, we not only keep the travel industry moving – we’re shaping its future.

We’re connecting the entire travel ecosystem – from airports in Asia to hotels in Miami to business travel specialists in Zurich – to help create a smoother travel experience. We’re harnessing new technologies – from artificial intelligence to massive data analytics to virtual reality – to make travel more rewarding for everyone.

We’re finding ways to make each journey better, billions of times a year. It’s what we’ve been doing for 30 years. It’s what we’ll keep doing for 30 more. And that’s something I’m proud to explain to friends, family and anyone else who likes to travel.

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