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					             AUTOMATED BAGGAGE RULES
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             The Problem                                                       The Benefits
             More and more airlines are defining their own baggage
             allowances and charges. This adds complexity for travel           For airlines
             agents, check-in agents and interline partners, who are           • Increased revenues from baggage rules being correctly
             unable to correctly assess carrier baggage policies, resulting      applied through all sales channels
             in inconsistent information to the passenger and loss of          • Easier, faster and correct baggage handling at the check-in
             revenue for airlines.
                                                                               • Fewer costly time-consuming disputes between airlines
             The existing simplified standard approach to defining
                                                                               • A baggage policy that is clear, easy to follow, control and
             baggage allowances and related charges are out of date,
                                                                                 account for
             especially for interline. The standards that supported this
             are expiring at 31 March 2011. A new standard, called
             Resolution 302 has been defined in order to respond to this
                                                                               For travel agencies
             market transformation and it comes intio effect on 01 April       • Correct baggage rules applied for interline journeys
             2011. However, its adoption is too complex to be manually         • Capability to sell pre-paid baggage and excess baggage
             handled correctly.                                                  via their own systems, providing increased productivity and
                                                                                 more efficient corporate billing and control


             The Solution                                                      For passengers
                                                                               • A clear and transparent total fare for the entire journey
             An automated baggage rules solution will enable airlines to         during purchase
             file their own baggage allowance and charges electronically
                                                                               • Better able to make decisions as to what baggage to carry
             to a centralized database to be developed by the Airline Tariff
             Publishing Company (ATPCO).                                       • A smooth process with no surprises at the check-in or
                                                                                 transfer desks
             To be successful, the ATPCO solution needs to be embedded
             within reservations, pricing and ticketing systems as well as
             departure control systems.
                                                                               Targets
             The IATA & ATPCO                                                  • All airlines to provide baggage rules to ATPCO by
                                                                                 September 2010


             Approach
                                                                               • ATPCO database ready by December 2010
                                                                               • A solution linking the ATPCO product to existing systems
                                                                                 ready by 01 April 2011 to ensure continuity of interline
             Commencement of development and subsequent                          baggage
             implementation relies on wide industry commitment from
             carriers and system providers to adopt the solution.
             IATA and ATPCO have planned a joint effort to mobilize
             industry partners and airlines with the goal of implementing
             automation of baggage rules in 2011.




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