Deal Enables Orbitz Worldwide to Distribute Hybrid Cars to Customers
CHICAGO, Dec. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Orbitz Worldwide, Inc.
(NYSE: OWW), a leading global online travel company, today announced that it
has reached an agreement with Avis Budget Group, Inc. (NYSE: CAR) to
distribute Avis Rent A Car (http://www.avis.com) and Budget Rent A Car
(http://www.budget.com) inventory through its Orbitz (http://www.orbitz.com)
and CheapTickets (http://www.cheaptickets.com) consumer brands and corporate
travel offering, Orbitz for Business (http://www.orbitzforbusiness.com).
"We're pleased to renew this alliance with two car rental brands that have
a strong history with Orbitz Worldwide and its customers," said Sam Fulton,
vice president and general manager, transportation, Orbitz Worldwide, Inc.
"As Orbitz Worldwide works to offer more environmentally sound alternatives to
our customers, we're pleased to immediately make available Avis Budget Group's
fleet of gas/electric hybrid vehicles."
In April 2007, Orbitz launched http://eco.orbitz.com, a microsite that
enables its customers to book more environmentally friendly travel. The
company also formed a partnership with Carbonfund.org
(http://www.carbonfund.org), enabling customers to offset their carbon dioxide
footprint related to their travels. Now customers can easily rent a hybrid
vehicle by visiting http://hybrids.orbitz.com or
The agreement provides Orbitz Worldwide customers with access to rental
cars at Avis and Budget corporate-owned and select licensee locations in the
U.S. and Canada. This access includes its full fleet of car rental choices,
including the Avis Cool Car Collection, which features gas/electric hybrids;
the compact Toyota Prius, the full-size Nissan Altima; and, available by
year-end, the mini-SUV Ford Escape hybrid.
"Orbitz Worldwide is an important distributor for the Avis Budget Group,
and we look forward to our continued relationship with their customers," said
Kaye Ceille, senior vice president, global travel and partnerships, Avis Budget Group, Inc.
"Additionally, we look forward to working with Orbitz Worldwide as we jointly
develop special promotions to connect its customers with our car rental
About Orbitz Worldwide
Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE: OWW) is a leading global online travel company
that uses innovative technology to enable leisure and business travelers to
research, plan and book a broad range of travel products. Orbitz Worldwide
owns and operates a portfolio of consumer brands that includes Orbitz
(http://www.orbitz.com), CheapTickets (http://www.cheaptickets.com), ebookers
(http://www.ebookers.com), HotelClub (http://www.hotelclub.com), RatesToGo
(http://www.ratestogo.com), the Away Network (http://www.away.com) and
corporate travel brand Orbitz for Business (http://www.orbitzforbusiness.com).
For more information, visit the Orbitz Worldwide Investor Relations website at
About Avis Budget Group, Inc.
Avis Budget Group is a leading provider of vehicle rental services, with
operations in more than 70 countries. Through its Avis (http://www.avis.com)
and Budget (http://www.budget.com) brands, the company is the leading
general-use vehicle rental company in each of North America, Australia, New
Zealand and certain other regions based on published airport statistics. Avis
Budget Group is headquartered in Parsippany, N.J. and has more than 30,000
employees. For more information about Avis Budget Group, visit
Orbitz Worldwide, Inc.
Brian Hoyt of Orbitz Worldwide, Inc., +1-312-894-6890,
email@example.com; or Toni Marshall of Avis Budget Group, Inc.,