20 airlines take advantage of Kiwi.com’s strategic partnership with AeroCRS in first few months since launch
Prague, 20 June 2019 — Kiwi.com’s strategic partnership with AeroCRS that went live during the first quarter of 2019 has already signed up 20 airlines, giving them access for the first time to Kiwi.com’s distribution network serving more than 90 million daily consumer searches as well as its proprietary Virtual Interlining technology.
AeroCRS’ portfolio of SaaS products is a one-stop-shop for small- and medium-sized airlines looking to manage on a single platform their core digital operations, distribution and sales. In December 2018, Kiwi.com — the pioneer of virtual interlining, whereby customers can automatically combine flights from more than 500 airlines, many of them budget carriers that do not normally collaborate with each other — took a minority stake in AeroCRS and initiated the strategic partnership to make its virtual interlining technology available to AeroCRS’ more than 60 airline clients.
As of 20 May, the AeroCRS airlines that have signed up are: Air Excel, Safarilink, Airkenya Express LTD, Auric Air Services LTD, Mombasa Air Safari, Coastal Travels LTD, Mann Yadanarpon Airlines, Tus Airways, Skyward Express, As Salaam Air, Aero Mongolia, Flightlink, Jetways Airlines, Silverstone Airlines, Aerolineas Sosa S.A de C.V, ZanAir Limited, Skyway CR, Air Flamenco, Emetebe Airlines, Germania Flug. More are expected to follow soon.
For these AeroCRS carriers, the tie-up with Kiwi.com brings additional reach, expanding their inventory by flights virtually interlined with other carriers and driving more traffic to their websites. All bookings are protected by the Kiwi.com Guarantee, which protects all its customers from flight delays, cancellations and scheduling changes. This integration also adds new combinations of flights to Kiwi.com’s consumer-facing proposition.
Synergies between the two partners include combining Kiwi.com’s B2C expertise with AeroCRS’ B2B insights. This will be accelerated by the launch last year of Kiwi.com’s Tequila platform — a new platform which allows travel partners to access and white-label Kiwi.com’s ground-breaking technology.
“AeroCRS was a natural partner for Kiwi.com and we are delighted that the clear synergies we envisaged between the two companies are bearing fruit so quickly, with 20 airlines signing up in a matter of months. We expect more airlines to see the benefits of the cooperation, as well as further potential synergies emerging as the partnership develops, which will further our goal of liberalizing travel for customers by offering more travel options with new routes, more connections, and making travel more affordable for travelers,” says Oliver Dlouhý, co-founder and CEO of Kiwi.com.
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NOTES TO EDITOR
Kiwi.com was founded in 2012 by Oliver Dlouhý and Jozef Képesi. The travel tech company was created for travelers by travelers. Its proprietary algorithm, Virtual Interlining, allows users to combine flights from more than 750 carriers, including many that do not normally cooperate. Kiwi.com also provides its industry-leading Kiwi.com Guarantee, which protects customers from missed connections because of delay, schedule change or cancellation.
Kiwi.com powers more than 100 million flight searches every day and employs over 2,600 people worldwide. It is one of the fastest-growing technology companies in Central Europe. It entered the 2017 Deloitte Technology Fast 500 EMEA list in 7th place, becoming the highest ever ranked Czech company. For the second consecutive year, Kiwi.com was named best Start-up of the Czech Republic by Czech Forbes Magazine in June 2018.
2018 saw the launch of NOMAD, a revolutionary multi-city travel search tool, and Tequila, a B2B platform for partners of all sizes. Also in 2018, Kiwi.com incorporated ground transportation into its search technology.