Orbitz Worldwide launches new era in travel technology,
with real-time updates and information enabling travelers to help other
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
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 http://updates.orbitz.com or via
mobile phone/PDA at http://mobile.orbitz.com.
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
http://www.orbitz.com, 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
-- 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 weather.com.
-- 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
(http://www.orbitz.com), CheapTickets (http://www.cheaptickets.com), ebookers
(http://www.ebookers.com), HotelClub (http://www.hotelclub.com), RatesToGo
(http://www.ratestogo.com) and the Away Network (http://www.away.com) and
corporate travel brands Orbitz for Business and Travelport for Business
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