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|New Orbitz Flight Search Feature Offers Travelers Maximum Trip Planning Control|
|CHICAGO, August 9, 2004 - Orbitz, Inc. (NASDAQ: ORBZ), the site that makes it easy to find more travel deals, introduced a new feature to give travelers more control over choosing departure and return flights. Marking another industry first for Orbitz, customers can now select flights in any order, even starting with the return flight and then selecting the departure flight, making it easier than ever to find the right trip at the best price.
"Travelers told us that they needed more flexibility to customize their itinerary around any leg of the trip," said John Samuel, executive vice president of Consumer Travel at Orbitz. "Orbitz has always offered the most flight and fare options, with an average of 250 flights per search, and now we're providing travelers with the features they need to build a trip however they prefer and around whichever flight matters most."
Orbitz's new flight search feature is especially useful for travelers who have time-sensitive schedules, book multiple-city itineraries and have specific budget parameters. After conducting a flight search, users can pick from pre-bundled flight options or build itineraries starting with any flight segment to best suit their needs. When choosing flight options separately, users still see roundtrip fares to make it simple and fast to plan a trip around price.
Travelers also can use Orbitz's powerful search tools to help customize their itineraries with the following options: 'find more flights', search by time, sort by lowest price, departure time or shortest flights, search nearby airports or seek alternative dates.
Orbitz's flight search feature is available to Orbitz.com and Orbitz for Business customers.
Orbitz is a leading online travel company that enables travelers to search for and purchase a broad array of travel products, including airline tickets, lodging, rental cars, cruises and vacation packages. Since launching its website to the general public in June 2001, Orbitz has become the third largest online travel site based on gross travel bookings. On www.orbitz.com, consumers can search more than 455 airlines, as well as rates at over 65,000 lodging properties and at 22 car rental companies. Orbitz, Inc. became a publicly traded company on Dec. 17, 2003, when its shares were listed on the Nasdaq National Market under the ticker symbol ORBZ. For more information on the company, visit www.orbitz.com.
Statements in this press release regarding Orbitz that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements and are subject to risks, assumptions and uncertainties that could cause such statements to differ materially from actual future events or results. Any such forward-looking statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The following factors, among others, could cause Orbitz' actual results to differ materially from those described in a forward-looking statement: Orbitz' ability to retain and attract customers on a cost-effective basis; increasing competition from existing or new competitors; relationships with Orbitz' controlling stockholders and with other travel suppliers; limitations that could affect the expansion of our Supplier Link business; risks relating to our ability to expand our business generally; specific risks that could affect our ability to achieve growth plans for portions of our business, such as hotels; rapid technological change affecting our industry; technical and operational issues, such as journey control restrictions, that result from changes in travel suppliers' distribution methodologies that could affect our results; risks associated with litigation or government regulation; declines, disruptions or events affecting the travel industry; potential fluctuations in our quarterly and annual results. This list is intended to identify only certain of the principal factors that could cause actual results to differ. Readers are referred to the reports and documents filed from time to time by Orbitz with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a discussion of these and other important risk factors. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which are made as of the date of this press release. Orbitz undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or any other reason.
|"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Statements in this press release regarding Orbitz Worldwide Inc.'s business which are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties. For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report or Form 10-K for the most recently ended fiscal year.|