CHICAGO (June 27, 2005) - Orbitz for Business and Travelport, providers of market leading online corporate travel management solutions, today announced they have reached an agreement with Lufthansa that offers corporate customers discounted fares on Lufthansa and its partner, Austrian Airlines, for trips originating in the U.S.
Effective this month, Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines fares are discounted and delivered directly and seamlessly online to all U.S.-based corporate customers using either Orbitz for Business or Travelport, including larger companies who may not have an existing agreement with Lufthansa.
"Orbitz for Business and Travelport provide corporations and their travelers with easy-to-use, value-added services that really capture the needs of today's global business traveler," said Mathias Friess, Director of Passenger Sales, N.A. for Lufthansa. "Lufthansa looks forward to welcoming these passengers on board, where they can experience our own value-added services -- from all-business class, Executive Jet flights to FlyNet® - the first-ever, wireless Internet in-flight."
"Because Lufthansa is one of the world's leading European carriers both in terms of destinations and quality of service, we are extremely pleased to help our clients realize savings on international travel by offering Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines fares at a discount," said Dean Sivley, chief product and marketing office for Orbitz for Business and Travelport.
The arrangement is the third such airline discount announced by Orbitz for Business and Travelport this year, underscoring their commitment to delivering affordable international fares to corporate customers as well as the global scale and relevance offered by Cendant's Travel Distribution Services (TDS) Division.
"Whether a company seeks an easy, 'ready-to-go' solution like Orbitz for Business or highly configurable one for maximum policy control like Travelport, we can provide the right corporate travel solution for any company," said Sivley. "Because this diverse portfolio is attractive to the corporate marketplace, we are able to negotiate and deliver discounted fares with leading suppliers such as Lufthansa for our customers."
From its Frankfurt and Munich hubs, Lufthansa provides one of the most extensive global networks of any major airline, serving 355 destinations in over 90 countries worldwide, including 19 North American gateways. For reservations or additional information visit www.lufthansa-usa.com.
About Austrian Airlines
Worldwide, from its Vienna international gateway hub, the Austrian Airlines Group serves the globe, with flights to 129 destinations in 65 countries on five continents with a fleet of 97 modern aircraft. You can find us online at www.austrianair.com
About Orbitz for Business
Orbitz for Business, the first full-service Internet travel management program, is a subsidiary of Cendant Corp. (NYSE: CD). Together with Travelport, it is part of Cendant Travel Distribution Services' Orbitz for Business | Travelport corporate travel organization. Serving more than 1,000 companies, Orbitz for Business offers companies of all sizes the same industry-leading functionality and ease-of-use provided by Orbitz.com, along with innovative functionality and service features ideal for companies seeking an easy-to-use, ready-to-go solution with a familiar user experience.
Travelport is a subsidiary of Cendant Corp. (NYSE: CD). Together with Orbitz for Business, it is part of Cendant Travel Distribution Services' Orbitz for Business | Travelport corporate travel organization. Serving more than 550 corporations worldwide, Travelport is a global full-service provider of strategic services ideal for companies seeking high flexibility and control over their travel programs and policies.
About Cendant Travel Distribution Services
Cendant Corporation's (NYSE: CD) Travel Distribution Services Division, is one of the world's largest and most geographically diverse collections of travel brands and distribution businesses. The division, employing nearly 9,000 people in approximately 120 countries, includes: a leading global distribution services (GDS) company (Galileo), serving more than 44,000 travel agencies and over 60,000 hotels; hotel distribution and services businesses (Neat Group®, THOR®, TRUST and WizCom®); leading online travel agencies (CheapTickets®, ebookers.com®, HotelClub.com, Lodging.com, Orbitz®, and RatesToGo.com); an airline market intelligence company (Shepherd Systems); an international travel technology and software company (Travelwire); a leading international provider of long-haul air travel and travel product consolidator (Travel 2®/Travel 4®); online global corporate travel management solutions (Orbitz for Business® and Travelport®); and a leading wholesaler and global online provider of hotels, destination services, travel packages and group tours (Gullivers Travel Associates, OctopusTravel.com® and Travel Bound, Inc.).
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