The travel industry has evolved significantly in the quarter century since Amadeus was born. But in the technology sector, light years have elapsed – in 1987 Sir Tim Berners-Lee hadn’t even written his proposal for the World Wide Web and Mark Zuckerberg was three years old!
Amadeus has changed a lot but if there has been a common thread in our evolution then it is our continued investment in innovation and excellence. Just since 2004, we have invested around two billion euros in research & development and open source software is at the forefront of all our efforts.
This investment in R&D has brought us many successes. An example of this is the creation of the community model for our travel IT systems. 100 of the world’s leading airlines have become users of the Altéa platform and we project that it will see 735 million passengers boarded in 2014.
Amadeus now processes almost one billion travel transactions each year and has over 10,000 staff in 195 markets around the world. We have unrivalled content in our global distribution system and 38% of travel agency air bookings globally are made via our system.
We would like to thank all of our fellow travellers on the Amadeus journey over the last 25 years, including customers, staff, suppliers, and investors. Without your partnership and commitment, none of this would have been possible.
We look forward to a future in which working together, we can improve the travel experience more than we ever imagined possible.