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DUBAI, U.A.E., 6th August 2007 - Air Tanzania has selected the Revenue Accounting Bureau Service offered by Mercator, the airline IT solutions provider of the Dubai-based Emirates Group.

Tanzania’s flag carrier has outsourced its passenger revenue accounting operations to Mercator, and will now send its used passenger ticket coupons to Mercator’s facilities in Dubai for scanning, data processing and analysis.

Mercator’s service is based on its industry leading RAPID solution, and converts data printed on airline tickets into the detailed financial and strategic information an airline needs to maintain its competitive edge.

Once implementation is completed, Air Tanzania will be assured of significant business benefits, supporting its future growth plans. Revenue will be enhanced through accurate billing and verification, accounting costs will be lowered, productivity will be raised and training costs eliminated.

David Mattaka, Air Tanzania’s Managing Director and CEO, said: “Mercator’s service will give us high quality revenue accounting, which in turn gives us complete confidence in our financial planning. This is critical in the run up to our planned expansion programme, which will see a bigger fleet, new destinations and more passengers.

“The low initial investment, fast implementation times and immediate benefits of the solution made Mercator the natural choice.”

The Revenue Accounting Bureau Service already fully supports the revenue accounting needs of Malaysia Airlines, Olympic, Virgin Nigeria, Air Tahiti Nui, Cyprus Airways and ExpressJet. It operates from Mercator’s state-of-the-art facilities in Dubai, providing consistency of quality and service. Airlines can reap the rewards regardless of their geographical location.

Patrick Naef, Divisional Senior Vice President IT Emirates Group and Head of Mercator, said: “Air Tanzania can now leave the worry of revenue accounting to our experts. They need only send their ticketing data to us, and we will provide very real benefits in return, converting their data into the powerful management information needed to power their growth strategy.”

Mercator has more than fifty customers spread across all continents. This contract further consolidates Mercator’s customer base in Africa, which already sees leading carriers such as Air Algerie, Air Malawi, Air Zimbabwe, Kenya Airways, Libyan Arab Airlines, Royal Air Maroc, South African Airways and Virgin Nigeria using Mercator systems.

Amal Akbar, Media Relations, Emirates Airline, PO Box 686 Dubai: (9714) 203 3976 or email

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