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Flight Centre Launches Travelport Universal Desktop

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Flight Centre Limited, one of Australasia's best known travel agency groups with more than 2,000 shops and businesses in 11 countries, has commenced updating the desktop tools available to Flight Centres travel consultants with the launch of Travelport Universal Desktop in Queensland, following successful pilot programs in key markets around the world.

A broader rollout will include the rest of Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the United Kingdom, then extending to the remainder of the global Flight Centre network.

Travelport Universal Desktop will enhance FLT's ability to access and sell airfares and other travel content globally and will provide travel consultants with a faster and simpler research and booking tool.

 Travelport Universal Desktop doesnt simply add a graphical layer to an existing GDS. The entire application has been designed to take travel agents into the next era of travel agency technology and were very excited to be partnering with Travelport in this initiative, said Melanie Waters-Ryan, FLTs chief operating officer and global product leader. Feedback from our agents has been overwhelmingly positive and the Desktops superior workflow control and content integration is helping our travel consultants work faster and smarter, which in turn saves time and improves productivity ... In particular, our new staff members are getting trained up quicker as the graphical user interface is more intuitive and easier to use, especially when it comes to round-the-world bookings now that they can build scenarios using Universal Desktop.

Travelport Universal Desktop is an application that enables agents to deliver the type and level of customer service travellers are demanding today, providing access to multisource travel content and pricing, plus the latest travel management tools all through a single platform.

 Underpinned by a re-engineered architectural and technical infrastructure that includes Travelport Universal API, Universal Profile and Universal Record, Travelport Universal Desktop is the flagship agency point of sale.

Travelports collaboration with Flight Centre to launch Travelport Universal Desktop is a big step forward in delivering the technology tools necessary for the future needs of all of our agency community like Flight Centre, irrespective of their size or orientation, said Gordon Wilson, CEO and president, Travelport. Our two companies have grown together as Flight Centre has expanded its presence across the globe and we are truly delighted to deliver this ground-breaking application to them first and see it help them continue to succeed.

Travelport is actively working with a number of beta customers across the globe to complete the next phase of validation and completion of in market testing prior to a broader rollout plan. During the coming months, Travelport will be working closely to support Flight Centre in its forthcoming rollout as well as ensuring beta customers are prepared for a wider market engagement.

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