UATP Expands in Asia; Adds China Southern Airlines as New

WASHINGTON, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- UATP continues its expansion in Asia,
adding China Southern Airlines as its newest UATP Merchant effective
immediately.  China Southern Airlines is meeting the rising demands of
corporate travelers and now accepts all UATP corporate cards, issued by 13
airlines and accepted as form of payment by over hundreds of airlines and
travel agencies worldwide. 
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"As one of the largest carriers in The People's Republic of China, China
Southern must respond to customer demands to continue to capture market share
and expand services," says Mr. Zhu Yi Ting, Manager of International Passenger
Transport, China Southern Airlines.  "China Southern is positioning itself for
the increasing number of international business that is being conducted in
China and for the demand of UATP acceptance that we have seen through our
client base, while lowering distribution costs." 
China Southern Airlines recently became the most technically advanced
aircraft fleet in The People's Republic of China with the introduction of the
nation's first-ever automatic check-in boarding system at the new Baiyun
International Airport.  This is the first time an airline in China is offering
self-service passenger check-in for domestic flights.  Currently available on
one domestic route -- between Guangzhou and Changsha -- the airline is
planning to significantly expand this service to all flights by the end of
"China is expected be one of the largest growth markets for leisure and
business travel worldwide; with an expected 10% growth rate in 2006 and future
increases," said president and CEO, Ralph Kaiser.  "By becoming a UATP
Merchant, China Southern Airlines is positioning itself to encompass the
corporate travel market growth.  UATP will continue to work with China
Southern Airlines to capture market share and increase the availability of
card acceptance within China which we expect to gain access through BSP China
by year-end." 
The largest airline in The People's Republic of China for the past 26
years, China Southern Airlines connects more than 80 cities around the globe.
Major business and vacation destinations served in China include: Beijing,
Chengdu, Guangzhou, Guilin, Hong Kong, Kunming, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Wuhan
and as well as international service, including: Amsterdam, Bangkok, Fukuoka,
Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Islamabad, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Los Angeles,
Manila, Melbourne, Moscow, Osaka, Paris, Penang, Phnom Penh, Seoul, Singapore,
Sydney and Tokyo. 
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About UATP 
UATP accounts are accepted as a form of payment for corporate business
travel by more than 220 airlines and travel agencies worldwide. UATP accounts
are issued by these airlines: Aer Lingus, Air New Zealand, American Airlines
(NYSE: AMR), Austrian Airlines, Continental Airlines (NYSE: CAL), Delta Air
Lines, Japan Airlines (Nasdaq OTC: JALSY), Qantas Airways, Ltd., United
Airlines (Nasdaq: UAUA), US Airways (UAIRQ.OB), and VARIG Brazilian Airlines.
AirPlus International issues the UATP-based Company Account for: British
Airways (NYSE: BAB), Continental Airlines (NYSE: CAL) and Lufthansa German

Wendy L. Ward of UATP, +1-202-626-4077,
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