Windrose Airlines Joins ARC

Windrose Airlines (461/7W) from Ukraine will join ARC as a participating airline effective with sales on April 16, 2018 (PED 04/22/18).

Windrose Airlines was founded in 2003 and it is headquartered in Kiev, Ukraine, with operations based in Boryspil International Airport. Windrose Airlines offers scheduled and charter flights to Western Europe, the Middle East, and Asia using Airbus and Embraer aircraft (four, Airbus A 321s; one, Airbus A320, and seven, Embraer ERJ-145s).

Some of the locations serviced by Windrose Airlines are: Egypt, Greece, Spain, Cyprus, Croatia, Montenegro, Bulgaria, Romania, Italy, Sri Lanka, Austria, Finland, Bangkok and the Dominican Republic.

Windrose Airlines has elected the general concurrence method of agent appointment, whereby all ARC agents are automatically appointed as agents of Windrose Airlines. Currently, this airline only accepts cash as a valid form of payment; however, the airline will add Visa and Mastercard in the near future. Windrose Airlines can be booked via the following GDSs: Amadeus and Galileo.

For inquiries, reservations, or sales information, contact the offices listed below:

Windrose Airlines
420 Lexington Ave., Suite 358-360
New York, NY 10170
Phone: 201-484-8036
Email: Windrose@airlinepros.com

Website: http://windrose.aero/eng/index.html


Andes Líneas Aéreas Now Accepts Visa and Mastercard

Effective with sales issued on Monday, April 16, 2018 (PED 04/22/18), Andes Líneas Aéreas (650/OY) will begin accepting Visa and Mastercard as forms of payment through ARC.


Reminder: WOW Air Now Accepts Visa and Mastercard

As a reminder, WOW air (WW/377) now accepts Visa and Mastercard as valid forms of payment in Sabre and Amadeus with WW/377 validation.

For inquiries and assistance, please contact:

WOW air
Höfðatún 2
105 Reykjavik
Iceland
Email: gdsbooking@wow.is
Website: https://wowair.us


Great Lakes Aviation Now Accepts American Express

Effective with sales issued on Monday, April 16, 2018 (PED 04/22/18), Great Lakes Aviation (846/ZK) will begin accepting American Express as a form of payment through ARC.


Reminder: Elimination of Paper Airline Tickets on June 1, 2018

Effective June 1, 2018, issuing and printing of airline tickets on Automated Ticket and Boarding Pass (ATB) paper stock will be inhibited in GDSs. After this date, all airline tickets reported and settled through ARC's systems must be electronic. This change is expected to have minimal impact to travel agencies because virtually all airline tickets reported through ARC are e-tickets.

As mentioned previously, elimination of paper airline tickets does not include the automated Miscellaneous Charge Orders (Auto MCOs). On June 1, 2018, the Auto MCO will be the last remaining ARC paper document. It is still a requirement to print the MCO value coupon on paper ATB stock.

Two related changes that impact the e-ticket, the Electronic Miscellaneous Document (EMD) and the Auto MCO:

  • Effective June 1, 2018, the ability to print an e-ticket and EMD passenger receipts, agent coupons, and auditor's coupons on ATB paper stock will be eliminated. If printed, these coupons must be printed on plain paper.
  • Within the next year by June 1, 2019, the ability to print charge forms on ATB paper stock, and auditor’s coupons and agent coupons on plain paper will be eliminated.

The above accounting documents are considered to be obsolete because they have not been required for settlement in many years. Facsimile versions of auditor's and agent coupons for all ARC documents will continue to be available electronically in ARC's Document Retrieval System (DRS).


2018 Quarterly Transaction Fees – First Quarter

This is a reminder about the agent/CTD transaction fee that is assessed on a quarterly basis. See the chart below outlining this tiered fee structure. Note: Agencies with fewer than 1,000 transactions per quarter will not be assessed transaction fees. A separate debit representing this fee will be drawn against your ARC designated bank account on or after April 26, 2018. Only one draft will be issued for consolidated drafting agents.

Number of transactions per quarter

Price per transaction

Tier 1

1,000–2,249,999

.013

Tier 2

2.25 M–5.999 M

.011

Tier 3

6 M or more

.010


Tip of the Week: Information on ARC Participating Airlines

ARC has more than 200 participating airlines, with new airlines regularly joining our settlement system. You can find all the recent participation announcements by clicking here. We also have a list of all the participating airlines, including their contact information, available here.

Additionally, you can find information on the acceptance of various payment cards for each ARC participating airline in the Section 6 of our Industry Agents' Handbook (IAH) or in the Credit Card Acceptance Chart.