CHICAGO -- July 19, 2004 -- Orbitz, Inc. (NASDAQ: ORBZ), the site that makes it easy to find great travel deals, today unveiled the industry's first seat-map feature that lets travelers compare flight options by seat availability when reviewing fares and itineraries. No other online travel agency makes it quick and easy for users to view seat options from the search results page so they get the best seat for a more comfortable trip.
"For most travelers, where they sit on the plane is essential to a good flight experience. But until now, users had to select a flight or purchase a ticket before they could pick a seat," said John Samuel, executive vice president of Consumer Travel at Orbitz. "Not only does Orbitz provide more travel options, but our new seat map feature makes finding the perfect flight a snap because we're giving travelers more information early in the purchase process."
Orbitz's new feature displays available first class and economy cabin seats, including premium economy. To use the tool, Orbitz users click the "view seats" link displayed on the first results page of a flight search. From there, customers can purchase the flight or view seating options on other available flights.
Orbitz's seat-map 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 23 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.