Travelport GDS Introduces Merchandising First for Air Canada: Launches Ability for Galileo-Connected Travel Agents to Sell Air Canada's Full Range of Product Offerings



    Industry-first Web application changes the travel distribution landscape
for Air Canada, travel agencies and travelers looking for the best of all
worlds - in one location
    


    
    ATLANTA, June 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Travelport GDS has introduced a travel
industry merchandising first and technology leap forward for Air Canada(R)
with the full market launch of Travelport Agencia(TM) a revolutionary travel
booking solution that delivers access to the complete portfolio of Air Canada
products in a seamless manner to users of Travelport's Apollo GDS.
    

    (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090610/NY30340 )

    
    Travelport Agencia enables travel agencies to not only display and book
all of Air Canada's fares families (including Tango, Tango Plus, Latitude, and
Executive Class) with real time access to price and availability, but also to
book any service from the Air Canada a la carte menu.  These services include
among others, lounge access, pre-paid on board cafe vouchers, checked baggage
and seat assignment.  Furthermore, users of Travelport Agencia are able to
utilize the Air Canada Flight Pass program, which is a special Air Canada
offering of pre paid electronic one way flight credits which consumers and
corporate customers can draw down upon as required.  Additionally, travel
agencies in Canada using this product can compare and contrast the Air Canada
product for domestic, US transborder and international journeys originating in
Canada with the existing offerings made by the other airlines who participate
in Travelport.

    Travelport is the only GDS company to have brought such a rich blend of
traditional airline content (pricing and availability) with the new manner in
which Air Canada wishes to sell its products (fares families, a wide range of
optional services) together into one user experience for the travel agency
community. In the coming months the same capability is being added to
Travelport's own corporate online booking tool, Traversa(TM), deployed with
companies such as IBM.

    "What differentiates Travelport Agencia in the market is the efficient
aggregation of Air Canada's full range of a la carte products that until now
sat outside the GDS, requiring inefficient business practices for travel
agencies as they had to work around this limitation" said Travis Christ,
president and managing director, Travelport GDS for the Americas.  "We remain
the only GDS to provide any solution with the capability to merchandise Air
Canada's full product offerings or modify bookings. Other solutions may bring
together GDS and non GDS products but they do so via screen scraping which
doesn't provide the full view of fares, nor the efficiency and functionality
that travel agents require today."

    According to Gordon Wilson, CEO for Travelport GDS, "Travelport Agencia
is the first delivered illustration of the way in which Travelport is
investing in its products for on-line and off-line travel agencies and
corporations to handle the changing manner in which airline (and hotel and car
rental) services are being packaged and sold.  The learnings of this very
positive engagement with Air Canada have been built into our plans for the
Travelport Universal Desktop(TM) which will begin global roll out in 2010.  It
will take to a new level the ability of airlines, hoteliers, car rental
companies and travel agencies in the 160 countries in which we operate, to
change fundamentally the manner in which travel products are displayed,
offered, priced and booked for consumers in the channels where consumers want
to see choice."

    "Air Canada is pleased to partner with our technology partner Travelport
on this important merchandising solution and provide our agency partners with
the most advanced solution for booking our flights and services via their
Apollo GDS, harnessing the power of Air Canada's  next generation ac2u(TM)
platform," said Graham Wareham, senior director product distribution for Air
Canada. "Today's announcement marks the successful completion of a very close
and ongoing collaboration with Travelport to develop a comprehensive,
user-friendly solution that meets Air Canada's merchandising requirements with
the travel trade and corporate travel buyers.  Travelport listened to what we
wanted to achieve and then worked hand in glove with us on the development. 
Their Galileo subscribers now have a powerful, automated tool that helps them
enhance their productivity and customer service, by offering the full range of
Air Canada product features, in addition to qualifying for all elements of
their Air Canada incentive program and the newly announced Tango cash reward."

    "CWT Harveys Travel has worked extensively with Travelport on the
development and fine-tuning of Agencia as a beta customer and we've found that
it improves efficiency and substantially cuts processing time," said Stephen
Outerbridge, president, CWT Harveys Travel.  "We are pleased that Travelport
saw the challenge that Air Canada merchandising presented to the Canadian
market and have provided a capability that allows us to offer all Air Canada
content to our customers while managing our efficiency and operational costs.
We especially appreciate the fact that our agents earn productivity segments
for booking Air Canada. We have ordered Agencia for all of our Travelport
workstations."
    


    Note to Editors:

    
    Agencia eliminates the need for Canadian travel agents to shop multiple
sources, saves them time and builds maximum efficiency into the booking
process. Agents have the same content as they do through Air Canada's Web
site, but with the value of GDS integration creating a more all-encompassing
shopping experience.

    They are able to shop, price and book Air Canada's Web content, including
paid seat selection, as well as a la carte options, such as meal vouchers and
more. Agents can also modify or cancel flights booked through Agencia and
enjoy automatic updates to their Galileo Booking

    Files. Agencia also integrates with Galileo Agency Private Fares and
ATPCO private fares to ensure private and negotiated fares are incorporated
into every shopping request.

    Access to Air Canada's internal system is enabled through an interface
between the Galileo GDS and Air Canada's next generation platform, ac2u (TM).
All bookings through Agencia create a single PNR containing both traditional
GDS and Air Canada content.

    Travelport Agencia is available on a subscription basis to subscribers of
the Galileo GDS. Agencies can learn more by contacting their Travelport
representative or by visiting:
http://www.travelport.com/Global%20Repository/Products%20and%20Services/Travel
po rt%20Agencia.aspx
    


    About Travelport

    
    Travelport is one of the world's largest travel conglomerates offering
broad based business services to companies operating in the global travel
industry. The company is comprised of the global distribution system (GDS)
business that includes the Worldspan and Galileo brands; GTA, a leading
global, multi-channel provider of hotel and ground services; IT Services and
Software, which hosts mission critical applications and provides business and
data analysis solutions for major airlines. With 2008 revenues of $2.5
billion, Travelport operates in 160 countries and has over 5,500 employees.

    Travelport also owns approximately 48% of Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE:   OWW), a
leading global online travel company.

    Travelport is a private company owned by The Blackstone Group, One Equity
Partners,
    

    Technology Crossover Ventures and Travelport management.


    About Air Canada

    
    Air Canada and Air Canada Jazz operate more non-stop flights within
Canada and to the United States than any other airline. Between Europe and
Canada, Air Canada operates up to 26 flights daily on 20 routes to nine
European destinations from seven airports in Canada, including seasonal
routes. Within Canada, the carriers operate more than 1,000 non-stop flights
per day on 131 routes to and from 63 airports. Between Canada and the United
States, the carriers operate more than 440 non-stop flights per day on 92
routes to and from 55 U.S. and seven Canadian destinations - the most of any
carrier between Canada and the United States.
    

    More information about Air Canada is available at: www.aircanada.com



    




For further information:

For further information: Jill Brenner, Director, Communications -
Americas, Travelport, +1-973-939-1325, jill.brenner@travelport.com Web Site:
http://www.travelport.com

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