Until now, only major network operators such as United Airlines and Lufthansa had electronic ticket interconnection agreements, but IATA`s mandate to remove paper tickets at the end of 2007 changed this situation by requiring smaller airlines to introduce electronic tickets. Airlines participating in airline alliances such as Star Alliance, SkyTeam or oneworld almost always have interline agreements. But direct competitors can also benefit from Interline agreements. APG Network has built with our partners Heli Air Monaco (YO, 747) and RESIBER an Interline E-Ticketing “Hub”. With the APG IET solution, airlines only have to sign a single IET contract with Heli Air Monaco to recover Interline`s lost revenues, instead of signing dozens or even hundreds of bilateral agreements. Smaller airlines have generally entered into interline agreements with large network operators moving to their markets. Most new low-cost companies, which sell only directly to consumers (and not through global agencies or distribution systems), do not support the interline at all. The IATA Multilateral Interline Traffic Agreements (MITA) is an agreement under which passengers and freight use a standard transport document (i.e. passenger ticket or air travel letter) to travel on different modes of transport participating in a route to reach a final destination. -A member airline only has to sign an interline electronic ticketing contract with YO-747. APG will develop the Global Business Requirement (GBR) and the necessary electronic connections with the airline.
Interline agreements differ from code-sharing agreements in that codeshare agreements generally relate to the numbering of a flight with the company`s code (acronym), although the flight is operated by another airline. However, codeshare relationships may affect whether an interline ticket (or e-ticket) can be issued, since the codeshare marketing carrier and code-sharing operator must have interline agreements with all other airlines in the itinerary for a single ticket to be issued.