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OrbitzTLC Traveler Update Puts the Power of Social Networking to Work in and Around Airports Nationwide

Orbitz Worldwide launches new era in travel technology, with real-time updates and information enabling travelers to help other travelers

CHICAGO, Sept. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- A day before ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange for the first time as a publicly-traded company, Orbitz Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: OWW) today marked the beginning of another first in travel with the launch of OrbitzTLC Traveler Update.

Deepening the Orbitz commitment to keep travelers "A Step Ahead(TM)," OrbitzTLC Traveler Update is a new, user-generated service enabling travelers to share real-time information regarding what's happening in and around the nation's top airports.

OrbitzTLC Traveler Update combines up-to-the-minute information from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), OrbitzTLC air traffic alerts and data from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) with the contributions and reports of everyday travelers to create a powerful new information resource. Content includes real-time data and information on security line wait times, traffic delays, parking updates, taxi lines, flight delays, weather information and more.

"Orbitz Worldwide is breaking new ground by harnessing the power of Web 2.0 technology, and bringing travelers everywhere real-time updates in a truly distinctive way," said Steve Barnhart, CEO and president of Orbitz Worldwide. "This customer-centric technology is yet another example of how Orbitz Worldwide is focused on enhancing the overall travel experience, via laptop and mobile phone."

Every traveler can use and access OrbitzTLC Traveler Update for free via the Internet or mobile device, including mobile phones and PDAs. OrbitzTLC Traveler Update can be accessed online at or via mobile phone/PDA at

In addition, those who register with Orbitz will have the ability to rate updates and tips submitted by fellow travelers based upon helpfulness and accuracy. Those with the top user ratings will be ranked on the Traveler Update site, helping to create an online community of trusted travel sources. Orbitz plans to establish an incentive program for the most helpful contributors. Anonymous contributors can post to the site but can not vote on the helpfulness of others or be rated themselves.

How It Works

A demonstration of OrbitzTLC Traveler Update is available on, through the OrbitzTLC navigation tab. After travelers select their chosen airport from a list of 40+ major airports in the United States, OrbitzTLC users can get instant access to key travel information including:

-- Real Time Traveler Update -- Postings of real-time travel conditions and insider tips provided by actual travelers.

-- Traffic -- Offers real-time traffic information, including traffic times, delays, accident reports and construction updates. Travelers can also send in traffic updates.

-- Airport/Flight Status -- Shows flight status and any airport delays based on FAA data.

-- Security Wait Time -- Provides 30-day average security line wait times from the TSA, as well as updates on current wait times from fellow travelers at a chosen departing airport.

-- Weather -- Gives travelers the weather forecast and the latest weather conditions at the selected airport, provided by

-- Parking -- Provides insight into various parking options at the selected airport, rated by both convenience and price by the OrbitzTLC Team.

-- Wi-Fi -- Informs travelers of Wi-Fi options available at the airport.

-- Other Travel Tips -- Useful advice from fellow travelers, such as favorite restaurants, quiet work spaces and any other insider advice.

"OrbitzTLC Traveler Update sprang from our customer insight that people value information from others in the same situation and our business insight that, at any point in time, Orbitz has thousands of customers moving through major airports and travel destinations," said Randy Wagner, chief marketing officer of Orbitz Worldwide. "We're inviting everyone to both reach out and reach in to join The Orbitz community of travelers for a rich source of real-time updates to make their travel experience the best it can be."

Orbitz has been at the forefront of technology innovation since the company's inception in 2001. Since 2006, when Orbitz first launched OrbitzTLC, innovations have included OrbitzTLC Air Alerts, OrbitzTLC Mobile Access, OrbitzTLC "Late Arrival" Hotel and Mid-Air Alerts. Orbitz Worldwide has sent more than 80 million alerts to its customers since 2003.

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 (, CheapTickets (, ebookers (, HotelClub (, RatesToGo ( and the Away Network ( and corporate travel brands Orbitz for Business and Travelport for Business (

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