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United Airlines Extends Full Content Distribution Agreement with Travelport

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United Airlines has signed a two-year extension of their current full content agreement with Travelport that is designed to provide full content well into 2013, subject to the terms of the agreement.

Through the extension of the agreement, all United published fares and seat inventory, including web fares available on its own site, reservation offices and through third parties, will be available to subscribers of Travelport’s Apollo, Galileo and Worldspan GDS systems, including all Travelport-connected offline travel agencies and online agencies booking through Travelport.

As part of the agreement, United offers Travelport-connected travel agents the option of selling their passengers upgrades into United Airlines’ popular Economy Plus seating. Economy Plus seat upgrades will become available later this year through the Travelport travel agency point of sale tools, Apollo Focalpoint, Galileo Desktop and Worldspan GoRes. This capability provides multiple opportunities for agents to offer upgrades into Economy Plus to their travelers throughout the transaction flow. Travelport will also integrate these merchandising capabilities over time into the Travelport Universal Desktop, making it easier for Travelport-connected travel agents around the world to transact this premium coach seat capability within their standard workflow.

United’s Economy Plus seating provides more room to work or rest on a flight with up to five more inches of legroom and are located at the front of the economy cabin.

“This extension provides United with a cost-effective solution to distribute upgrades to Economy Plus to Travelport subscribers in a flexible, innovative and appropriate manner,” said Robert McDowell, managing director, Distribution and E-Commerce, United Airlines. “United is continually looking for distribution solutions that provide benefit for United, distribution partners such as Travelport and, most importantly, our customers.”

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