World’s first pan-regional LCC alliance unveiled
Eight Low Cost Carriers (LCC), each a market champion in the Asia Pacific, today announced the formation of the world’s largest LCC alliance – the Value Alliance.
The partner airlines – Cebu Pacific (including subsidiary Cebgo), Jeju Air, Nok Air, NokScoot, Scoot, Tigerair Singapore, Tigerair Australia and Vanilla Air – will provide greater value, connectivity and choice for travel throughout Southeast Asia, North Asia and Australia, as they bring their extensive networks together.
Customers will be able to view, select and book the best-available airfares on flights from any of the airlines in a single transaction, directly from each partner website, thanks to groundbreaking technology developed by Air Black Box (ABB). This means more destinations, more routing options and greater convenience for customers of each airline.
Unlike typical interline technologies, ABB also allows guests to enjoy the full suite of ancillary choices they have come to appreciate from LCCs, such as seat and meal selection, variable baggage allowances and other inflight features – across all partner airline sectors in a single itinerary. ABB’s Air Connection Engine (ACE) platform has filed for NDC Certification with IATA and is expected to complete full certification soon.
The Value Alliance airlines, who together cover a third of the earth and serve more than 160 destinations with a collective fleet of 176 aircraft across the Asia Pacific region, will strengthen distribution in their non-home markets, expand their saleable networks via the provision of interline itineraries, retain their ancillary revenue opportunities and offer their customers a better, one-stop-shop experience.
“We are extremely excited by the opportunities this partnership presents to our guests. The Value Alliance partners are leaders in their respective territories, having forged loyal followings by providing value, service and commitment to their home markets. By working together we can offer our guests a wider choice of destinations and flights – at the most competitive airfares – all in one go,” said Scoot CEO Campbell Wilson.
Said Patee Sarasin, CEO of Nok Air, “The opportunity enabled by ABB and the Value Alliance to offer ancillary products through interline channels is a significant benefit over other partnerships, given LCCs typically earn 10-25 percent of their revenues from such items.”
Scoot, Nok Air and NokScoot are already offering each other’s flights and fares powered by the new ABB technology and other alliance members will follow in the coming months.
“The technology enables us to interface with other airlines within the Value Alliance, including those using different passenger service systems (PSS), to provide a solution to a guest’s travel query – even on routes Vanilla Air may not itself serve to connect Japan to the rest of Asia Pacific,” added Katsuya Goto, President of Vanilla Air.
Asia Pacific’s tourism industry is the largest in the world, offering travellers experiences as diverse as visiting the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, exploring Tokyo’s mix of traditional shrines and modern shopping, or island hopping in Thailand. With more than 500 million visitors expected to arrive in Asia Pacific by 20201, the new Value Alliance will connect travellers to more of the unique destinations they wish to explore that are typically found in secondary cities.
Lance Gokongwei, President and CEO of Cebu Pacific concluded, “All of our airline partners are champions in their local markets and well regarded for their value and service regionally and nationally. The Value Alliance is a clear example of how LCCs can accomplish more by working together than we could do individually.”