Arlington, VA - December 18, 2008 - Arlington, December 18, 2008 - ARC's Board of Directors this month approved the addition of a supplementary agreement to the Carrier Services Agreement that will allow ticketing and settlement of transactions for Indirect Air Carriers (Public Charter Operators). The first such entity to join ARC as a carrier is PublicCharters.com (P1/351), effective with sales on December 29, 2008.
PublicCharters.com is based in Northeastern Pennsylvania and currently serves Southern Florida, the Caribbean and select U.S. regional markets. Their business model uses chartered aircraft to serve routes lacking scheduled service, and includes plans to make seats available to the traveling public on corporate jet aircraft.
Through ARC, travel agents can further meet niche market demand with new and unique Public Charter Operator content. Inventory can be "bundled" using segment select functions within various GDSs and with schedules identifying operating carriers and equipment.
"With scheduled traffic reduced or eliminated to many smaller markets, travel professionals' opportunity to serve the customer has been impacted," says Mike Premo, ARC's vice president of marketing, sales, and customer care. "However, by adding the Indirect Air Carrier category to the existing selection of more than 170 scheduled carriers, ARC has provided travel agents with a unique opportunity to fill a potential gap with new content," adds Premo.
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Airlines, travel agencies, corporate travel departments, railroads, and other travel suppliers process up to $80 billion annually through ARC's world-class settlement system, making it the financial backbone of travel distribution. ARC COMPASS®, the leading, trusted source for travel transaction information, powers data and analytical tools that help ARC customers make confident business decisions. For more information, please visit www.arccorp.com.