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ebookers Kicks Off New Year with Completion of Move to New Technology Platform

Orbitz Worldwide Completes Major Strategic Initiative by Migrating All 13 ebookers' Country Sites to Common Technology

CHICAGO and LONDON, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Orbitz Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: OWW) kicked off 2009 by announcing that travel brand ebookers ( has completed the process of migrating and testing all 13 of its country sites across Europe to Orbitz Worldwide's new technology platform.


ebookers operates online travel sites in the United Kingdom (, Ireland (, Belgium (, the Netherlands (, Austria (, Germany (, France(, Spain (, Norway (, Finland ( and Switzerland ( In Denmark ( and Sweden (, ebookers operates under the name Mr. Jet.

The new technology platform powering ebookers will provide customers with access to three times the amount of hotel inventory, while creating an improved site experience for consumers looking to book either hotel-only stays or flight + hotel packages.

"The migration to a common platform is a major technology accomplishment for ebookers, a big step toward increased efficiency at Orbitz Worldwide, and a positive step forward for our customers and suppliers," said Steve Barnhart, CEO and president, Orbitz Worldwide. "We begin 2009 having replaced 13 different technology platforms at ebookers, and look forward to opportunities to begin integration of the platform within strategic elements of our U.S. branded sites."

Orbitz Worldwide's technology team plans to follow-up the migration project with further development of new consumer innovations on ebookers' sites across Europe.

    New features of the re-launched sites include:
    *  Three times the number of hotels available worldwide, particularly
       across North and Central America and the Caribbean
    *  Authentic customer hotel reviews
       *  Customers must have stayed in a hotel in order to post a review
    *  A more robust, dynamic package holiday purchase path allows customers
       to create their own holiday by mixing and matching any combination of
       flight, hotel and car
       *  Customers are now able to use dynamic packaging on more destinations
          and benefit from more frequent cost savings when booking trip
          elements together
    *  Improved on-site content which improves ebookers natural search
       *  Customers are more likely to see ebookers listed higher on the
          results page of the free search listings
    *  Easier filtering of results where customers can now sort by hotel name
       and address, hotel amenity, price and proximity to a landmark
    *  Improved features and promotional pages guiding customers to select
       offers and deals, helping them find the trip they want for less
       *  "My Trips" and "My Accounts" sections that allow customers to view
          current and previous trips, securely save payment information,
          delivery and travel preferences, including the ability to send
          itinerary alerts to up to four contacts
    *  Transatlantic multi-city flight search capability enabling customers to
       book more complex flight itineraries, including up to four flight
       segments, which can arrive and depart from different airports
       *  For example, ebookers customers can now book a flight that departs
          from Paris and flies into New York City; and schedule a return
          flight, departing from Boston back to Paris on the same itinerary
    *  Automated back-end processes achieved through the new platform have
       brought and are expected to continue to bring operating cost
    *  A team of expert market managers actively working directly with key
       hotel suppliers in an effort to ensure customers receive the best
       market prices

"ebookers now benefits from a sophisticated technology platform that makes it even more efficient to roll out new innovation and site features to all of our customers across Europe," said Alan Josephs, managing director, ebookers. "Travelers have come to expect more from the online booking experience, and we believe the new platform provides a strong foundation for an improved customer experience."

About ebookers, one of Europe's largest online travel companies, prides itself on making travel booking decisions easier and offers excellent value travel. ebookers is a brand that is owned and operated by Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE: OWW). It has origins going back 20 years and has close relationships with leading travel suppliers of hotels and airlines. It offers a huge selection of choice from more than 75,000 suppliers around the globe, including leading airline and hotel brands and car hire from most of the major international brands, as well as providing both ski and cruise packages.,,,,,,,,,,,,

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 (, the Away Network ( and corporate travel brand Orbitz for Business ( For more information on how your company can partner with Orbitz Worldwide, visit

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