In addition, V Australia, Virgin Blue's new long-haul airline, will adopt the Amadeus Altea Customer Management System.

The standalone solutions for the company's short-haul operations will manage connectivity on behalf of Virgin Blue's interline and GDS partners. They also will process incoming e-ticket coupons from interline partners, enabling Virgin Blue to receive passengers from full-service carriers such as Etihad and Virgin Atlantic.

The connectivity will serve as a "distribution hub" for Virgin Blue; Pacific Blue, its New Zealand-based subsidiary airline that serves several points in the South Pacific, and Polynesian Blue, a joint venture with the Samoan government that links Samoa to New Zealand and Australia.

V Australia, which expects to receive approval from the U.S. and Australian governments to launch flights between the east coast of Australia and the west coast of the U.S. in 2008, will use the full Altea suite for sales and reservations, inventory and departure control operations.

The airline will also use Amadeus e-Retail and e-Merchandise solutions for online sales.

In May 2006, Virgin Blue signed an agreement with Cendant Travel Distribution Services, the predecessor company to Travelport Limited, to be among the launch customers of aiRES, a new passenger services system that would replace OpenSkies.

The migration has yet to occur, however, and Virgin Blue continues to use OpenSkies.

Amadeus said the solutions is it providing Virgin Blue will complement, not replace, the carrier's passenger services system.