July 2, 2008
WNS Forms Strategic Alliance With Airlines Reporting Corporation to Extend Penetration in Travel Industry
WNS (Holdings) Limited (NYSE: WNS), a leading provider of global business process outsourcing (BPO) services, today announced it has formed a strategic alliance with the Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC), a premier provider of financial settlement solutions and data analytical services for the travel industry, to extend its reach into the airline and travel sectors.
WNS provides a comprehensive suite of revenue and process management and customer care services to the travel and leisure industries, including 18 global airlines. ARC, an airline-owned company, provides ticket distribution, reporting, and settlement solutions to 166 air and rail carriers and nearly 20,000 ARC-accredited travel agencies and corporate travel departments. ARC processes nearly $80 billion in airline tickets annually.
As a result of the go-to-market alliance, Arlington, VA.-based, ARC and WNS will jointly identify opportunities to forge new relationships within the travel industry. Partnering with WNS will allow ARC the opportunity to provide a more comprehensive suite of airline-specific finance and accounting services to its clients. The companies will also be able to combine their robust data analytics capabilities for the industry.
"The travel industry is facing challenging times with record fuel costs, a difficult business environment and increased pressure on their operating models," said Steve Reynolds, Managing Director, North America, WNS Global Services, and a 20-year travel industry veteran. "By leveraging our deep industry knowledge, WNS has become a leader in helping travel organizations transform their operations to compete during tough economic times. By partnering with ARC, we look to both deepen and broaden our relationships in the industry."
"We recognize the experience and credibility of WNS within the global airline and travel industry segments," said Mike Premo, Vice President, Marketing, Sales and Customer Care, ARC. "The comprehensive suite of WNS service offerings will allow ARC to bring additional benefits to our strong client relationships within this industry. We also look forward to leveraging WNS's deep data analytics experience in combination with ARC's massive database of air travel information to assist our clients to make the right business decisions in challenging times."
WNS is a leading global business process outsourcing company. Deep industry and business process knowledge, a partnership approach, comprehensive service offering and a proven track record enables WNS to deliver business value to some of the leading companies in the world. With over 18,000 employees, WNS is passionate about building a market-leading company valued by our clients, employees, business partners, investors and communities. For more information, visit www.wnsgs.com.
ARC is a premier provider of financial settlement solutions and data and analytical services for the travel industry. Airlines, travel agencies, corporate travel departments, railroads, and other travel suppliers process $80 billion annually through ARC's world-class settlement system, making it a financial backbone of travel distribution. ARC COMPASS(R), a leading, trusted source for travel transaction information, powers data and analytical tools that help ARC customers make confident business decisions. ARC is an airline-owned company that builds on values of integrity, teamwork, innovation, cost-effectiveness, and excellence. For more information, please visit www.arccorp.com
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