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.
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.
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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