Saudi Arabian Airlines to Deploy New Global IT Solution Using Worldspan Distribution and E-Ticket Technologies

    Technology advancements will enable carrier to process e-tickets
    globally, and support interline e-ticketing agreements through the
    Worldspan Interchange(SM)

    ATLANTA, June 18 /CNW/ -- Saudi Arabian Airlines, the national airline of
Saudi Arabia, has entered into a multi-year technology services agreement with
global travel technology provider Worldspan, L.P. Through the agreement,
Worldspan is assisting Saudi Arabian Airlines in transforming its ticketing
process and positioning the carrier for growth in the challenging airline
environment. Worldspan's technology solution for Saudi Arabian Airlines
includes a global e-ticketing platform and advanced distribution capabilities.
    Saudi Arabian Airlines is adopting Worldspan's comprehensive suite of E-
Ticket Technologies, which will give the airline its first total e-ticketing
solution to process e-tickets worldwide, participate in interline electronic
ticketing (IET) agreements with other airlines, support IET processes with
ground handlers, and improve customer service. The Worldspan ETDBase, an e-
ticket database hosting service, will enable Saudi Arabian Airlines to store
and process e-tickets globally from any GDS, travel retailer and e-ticket-
enabled airline, as well as its own internal system. The Worldspan Interchange
will provide the airline access to the industry's leading interline e-
ticketing platform, which currently processes interline e-tickets for nearly
170 airlines and ground handlers worldwide.
    "Worldspan's expertise and cost-saving technologies will help transition
Saudi Arabian Airlines into a more advanced and efficiently operated airline,"
said Yousef Attiah, vice president - Customer Service, Saudi Arabian Airlines.
"Their innovative e-ticketing solutions will enable us to expedite compliance
with IATA's electronic ticketing mandate, easily implement IET agreements with
partner airlines, and realize significant opportunities for increased
    "We are pleased to become an IT solutions provider for Saudi Arabian
Airlines," said Kevin Ficco, Worldspan vice president - Airline Distribution
and Business Development. "By adopting our proven e-ticket and distribution
technologies, the airline will greatly enhance its revenue accounting,
departure control and other mission-critical operations."
    Worldspan's solutions will complement Saudi Arabian Airlines' existing
platform. To support its new IT infrastructure and maximize distribution
capabilities, the airline is upgrading its participation to Worldspan Airline
Source(R). Airline Source will present the airline's flights, availability and
fares to Worldspan-connected travel buyers in a real-time, interactive booking
    Based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabian Airlines operates domestic
and international scheduled flights to more than 90 destinations in the Middle
East, Africa, Asia, Europe and North America.

    About Worldspan, L.P.
    Worldspan is a leader in travel technology services for travel suppliers,
travel agencies, e-commerce sites and corporations worldwide. Utilizing some
of the fastest, most flexible and efficient networks and computing
technologies, Worldspan provides comprehensive electronic data services
linking thousands of travel suppliers around the world to a global customer
base. Worldspan offers industry-leading Fares and Pricing technology such as
Worldspan e-Pricing(R), hosting solutions and customized travel products.
Worldspan enables travel suppliers, distributors and corporations to reduce
costs and increase productivity with technology like Worldspan Go!(R) and
Worldspan Trip Manager(R) XE. Worldspan is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.
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historical facts, including statements about forecasted financial projections
or other statements about anticipations, beliefs, expectations, hopes,
intentions or strategies for the future, may be forward-looking statements
within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended,
and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Readers
are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. All
forward-looking statements are based upon information available to Worldspan,
L.P. ("the Company") on the date this release was submitted. The Company
undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking
statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or
otherwise. Any forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that
could cause actual events or results to differ materially from the events or
results described in the forward-looking statements, including, but not
limited to, risks and uncertainties related to: the Company's revenue being
highly dependent on the travel and transportation industries; airlines
limiting their participation in travel marketing and distribution services;
airlines altering their content or changing the pricing of such content; or
other changes within, or that may affect the travel industry or the Company.

    Worldspan and all other Worldspan marks identified with a (R) or SM
contained herein are either registered marks or service marks or trademarks of
Worldspan, L.P. throughout the world.

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For further information: Erin Hadaway of Worldspan, L.P.,
+1-770-563-6545, e-mail:; Web Site:

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