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Hahn Air now supports Interline Electronic Miscellaneous Documents (IEMDs). The new service is currently available on Amadeus, with other GDSs to follow over the coming months.

The EMD is an Iata standard document sold via the GDS to enable the indirect sale, fulfilment and tracking of usage of ancillary airline services in one seamless process. However, airlines can only sell their EMDs in markets where they have joined the local settlement system (BSP). With an interline-agreement, partner carriers can now sell their services via Hahn Air’s HR-169 Interline Electronic Miscellaneous Document (IEMD).

The first partner to benefit is Adria Airways, which now gains incremental revenue with the sale of ancillary services in up to 190 markets. Hahn Air aims to implement interline EMDs for more partner airlines throughout the year and will offer the new service via all GDSs by end of 2015. 

“EMDs have already become increasingly important for airlines, customers and travel agencies. With our IEMD solution, we now offer the tool to sell them in Amadeus worldwide,” said Steve Knackstedt, vp of the Airline Business Group at Hahn Air.

Over recent years, ancillaries have become one of the fastest growing revenue sources for the airline industry. According to the consultancy, IdeaWorks, figures have risen by almost 1 200% from 2007 to 2013 alone. For 2014, the consultancy projects a total of nearly $50bn (R606bn) generated from ancillary fees.

“With interline EMDs, airlines can dramatically increase their ancillary revenue as travel agents worldwide will be able to upsell their services directly via the GDSs,” adds Knackstedt. 

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