NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- iSeatz, the global provider of customized travel and entertainment solutions, today announced that it has formed a strategic partnership with Air France-KLM, the largest airline company in the world in terms of revenue and international passenger traffic. Signaling iSeatz' expansion into Europe, the partnership will enable Air France-KLM to leverage iSeatz' flexible booking engine, its proprietary iSeatz OneView platform and its exclusive network of almost 200,000 leading service and product providers.
Air France-KLM will work in partnership with iSeatz to create and quickly implement one-stop shopping on its carriers' sites, beginning with the launch of a newly enhanced KLM.com and followed by the re-launch of Martinair.com. Each site will be powered by a fully customized iSeatz solution and will be designed to specifically meet the demographics and brand preferences of each airline's customers.
"Air France-KLM wants to enhance the travel experience for our valued customers by adding new online services," said Patrick Roux, Senior Vice President Marketing, Air France-KLM.
"Our focus is on establishing a solid stream of ancillary revenue and enlarging our product portfolio through klm.com," added Martijn van der Zee, Vice President E-commerce, Air France-KLM. "We are confident that our partnership with iSeatz will enable us to achieve these goals."
"We are honored that Air France-KLM selected iSeatz as its technology partner of choice. Our strategic relationship with Air France-KLM provides us with an unprecedented opportunity to earn the allegiance of the many marquee carriers associated with the Air France-KLM Group, thereby enabling iSeatz to potentially capture a significant portion of the European market share," said Kenneth Purcell, Founder and CEO of iSeatz. "We are confident that through our solution, Air France-KLM will rapidly enhance its strategic brand alliances, exceed customer expectations and strengthen its position in the marketplace."
Air France-KLM, a member of the award-winning SkyTeam Alliance, selected iSeatz as its exclusive partner because of its proprietary technology, which is based on the iSeatz OneView platform, a proprietary content and inventory aggregation application, and industry expertise in building one-of-a-kind solutions that meet clients' specific business requirements and customers' travel and entertainment needs. iSeatz' award-winning solutions are relied on by industry leaders including Air Canada, Amtrak, CitiBank, Delta Air Lines, Northwest Airlines, MasterCard, Priceline, and Southwest Airlines.
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines was founded in 1919, making it the world's oldest airline operating under its original name. In 2004, Air France and KLM merged to form AIR FRANCE KLM. The merger produced the strongest European airline group based on two powerful brands names and hubs, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Paris Charles de Gaulle. The two airlines collaborate on three core activities -- passenger transport, cargo and aircraft maintenance -- while maintaining their own identities
KLM serves 137 destinations using a modern fleet of 114 aircraft and employs 37,000 people around the world. KLM is a member of SkyTeam, an airline alliance offering a network of 905 destinations all over the globe. In the Netherlands, KLM comprises the core of the KLM Group which further includes KLM Cityhopper, Martinair and Transavia.com.
iSeatz is a global provider of customized online travel and entertainment solutions that offer immediate access to nearly 200,000 services and products. iSeatz powers differentiated loyalty programs, ancillary revenue and brand devotion by seamlessly integrating its flexible booking engine into its clients' relevant customer touch points. The proprietary supplier and transaction aggregation application, iSeatz OneView, enables clients to consolidate the components of multiple transactions into a single real-time record that can be easily managed online. iSeatz is the choice of industry leaders including Delta Air Lines, Northwest Airlines, Air Canada, MasterCard and Citi, and was ranked in the 2009 and 2008 Inc. 500 list of the fastest growing private companies in the U.S. To learn more about iSeatz visit www.iseatz.com.
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