Travelport And American Airlines Announce Distribution Agreement, Resolution
ATLANTA and FORT WORTH, Texas, March 13, 2013
ATLANTA and FORT WORTH, Texas, March 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Travelport, a
leading provider of critical transaction processing solutions and data to
companies operating in the global travel industry, and American Airlines, a
wholly owned subsidiary of AMR Corporation, today announce a new long-term,
global distribution agreement. In addition to enabling continued access to
shop and book the full content of flights marketed by American Airlines, the
new agreement positions Travelport to become the first global distribution
system to offer access to American's other products and services.
Following a period of technical integration, Travelport and American plan to
use their industry-leading technology, including both Travelport's Universal
API technology and American's XML-based direct connect interface, to deliver
additional capabilities to all Travelport subscribers, including the ability
to sell American's newly introduced Main Cabin Extra seating product.
Main Cabin Extra makes travel more comfortable by providing four to six inches
of additional legroom and Group 1 boarding.And since Main Cabin Extra seating
is close to the front of the plane, customers can get on and off the plane
much faster.By making Main Cabin Extra available through global distribution
systems for the first time, American is delivering on its commitment to make
the travel experience more connected and comfortable from start to finish.
"Travelport deserves praise for working with American to create a solution
that can display all of our product options to travel agents in a transparent,
customer-friendly way that also clearly differentiates American's products
from other airlines," said Derek DeCross, vice president of global sales for
Dan Westbrook, vice president and general manager of Global Distribution Sales
and Service, Travelport, said, "American is an industry leader, and the
perfect partner with which to build upon Travelport's airline partnership
approach to merchandizing, optional ancillary sales and product
differentiation. All of our subscribers will continue to access American's
full content, while American can merchandize its full line of products through
Travelport, providing consumers and travelers a transparent marketplace and
the ability to shop and book all services at their channel of choice."
American and Travelport also resolved all litigation between themselves. The
terms of the settlement agreement require review and approval by the court
presiding over AMR Corporation's restructuring.
About Travelport (www.travelport.com)
Travelport is a leading provider of critical transaction processing solutions
and data to companies operating in the global travel industry.
With a presence in over 170 countries, approximately 3,500 employees and 2012
net revenue of more than $2.0 billion, Travelport is comprised of the global
distribution systems (GDS) business, which includes the Galileo and Worldspan
brands, its Airline IT Solutions business and a majority joint venture
ownership in eNett.
Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Travelport is a privately owned company.
Follow Travelport on Twitter at http://twitter.com/Travelport
About American Airlines
American Airlines focuses on providing an exceptional travel experience across
the globe, serving more than 260 airports in more than 50 countries and
territories. American's fleet of nearly 900 aircraft fly more than 3,500 daily
flights worldwide from hubs in Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami
and New York. American flies to nearly 100 international locations including
important markets such as London, Madrid, Sao Paulo and Tokyo. With more than
500 new planes scheduled to join the fleet, including continued deliveries of
the Boeing 737 family of aircraft and new additions such as the Boeing
777-300ER and the Airbus A320 family of aircraft, American is building toward
the youngest and most modern fleet among major U.S. carriers. American's
website, AA.com^®, provides customers with easy access to check and book
fares, and personalized news, information and travel offers. American's
AAdvantage^® program, one of the most popular frequent flyer programs in the
world, lets members redeem miles for flights to almost 950 destinations
worldwide, as well as flight upgrades, vacation packages, car rentals, hotel
stays and other retail products. The airline also offers nearly 40 Admirals
Club^® locations worldwide providing comfort, convenience, and an environment
with a full range of services making it easy for customers to stay productive
without interruption. American is a founding member of the oneworld^®
alliance, which brings together some of the best and biggest airlines in the
world, including global brands like British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Iberia
Airlines, Japan Airlines, LAN and Qantas. Together, its members serve more
than 840 destinations with some 9,000 daily flights to nearly 160 countries
and territories. Connect with American on Twitter @AmericanAir or
Facebook.com/AmericanAirlines. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle
Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation. AMR Corporation common
stock trades under the symbol "AAMRQ" on the OTCQB marketplace, operated by
OTC Markets Group.
For media inquiries, please contact:
Jill Brenner, Corporate Communications, Senior Director, Americas
Tel: 1 973 753 3110
Kate Aldridge, Corporate Communications, Senior Director, EMEA and APAC
Tel: +44 (0) 1753 288720
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