By Alexander v. Bernstorff
It’s been a while since my last blog-post and this is for good reasons – reasons, I am going to write about very shortly. Stay tuned.
But today, I’d like to mention our company’s twentieth anniversary. On April 1 of 1997 Volker Herrmann and Thomas Kreß, together with Volker’s father Rainer, founded the company that since then has become a trusted partner for our customers, and a place where our passionate employees enjoy working.
Only 4 years after the first webserver went online in Germany, Volker and Thomas went online with a company, focussing on flight bookings over the internet. In 1997, not more than 6 million computers were connected to the world-wide-web. In those times, air tickets were usually purchased using “closed” workstations with cryptic commands in travel agencies, and quite often also over the phone (or telefax, if you remember…). The first airline website went online in 1995 (Alaska Airlines), and Lufthansa launched their InfoFlyway website in late 1996, lacking a booking functionality for some time to come.
Accordingly, our first airline customer, Crossair, went live with an adapted version of the core product shortly after the founding of the company. But we’re not only good at being innovative. What started with Crossair, is today the sophisticated booking and pricing engine for Swiss International Air Lines, used on their swiss.com website. Compared to the 7 bookings per day that Alaska airlines achieved in average in the first phase of operation of their website, the 10.000+ passenger bookings we process every day for Swiss (hassle-free, of course) are a sign for continued innovation, support, dedication and reliability of InteRES.
But airlines are not our sole customer base. The largest tour operators, like TUI (a shareholder of InteRES) and Thomas Cook, and travel agency chains like LH City Center and DER are benefitting from our deep and broad expertise in sourcing and distributing air content, especially such content not available in the global distribution systems. For example, we are the leading provider of Eurowings/Germanwings content in Germany.
Into the future, for us it’s all about being a leader in the design and the distribution of air content. We’d love to talk to you about opportunities and how our software can help improving your business.
Trust. Focus. Passion. 20 years InteRES