Travelport to sell Virgin America content

Virgin America will commence selling tickets today through Travelport’s
aiRES(TM), a next-generation passenger services system.In a separate deal,
Galileo has announced a multiple-year full content agreement with Virgin America,
making Galileo the exclusive GDS to offer the carrier’s tickets for sale at
launch time. The carrier will start flights in August.

  “From the beginning, Virgin America’s goal was to build an innovative,
next generation airline based on safe and efficient operations, low costs
and outstanding guest service,” said Flo Lugli, president, Airline
Solutions, Galileo by Travelport. “As our aiRES launch customer, we are
especially pleased to partner with Virgin America to help make this vision
a reality by providing this new generation solution.”
  aiRES provides the most innovative and flexible technical hosting
solution available in the industry today. Built from the ground up on open
systems technology and designed to replace less flexible, more expensive
hosting systems common in the industry, aiRES(TM) provides comprehensive
passenger reservations, inventory control, fares, ticketing and departure
control functions and sustains a myriad of different airline business
models for today’s evolving environment. In addition, the architecture can
enable real time customer notifications of service impact situations, such
as a weather delay or other flight schedule changes. Designed to be fully
configurable, aiRES(TM) allows airlines to respond quickly to changing
competitive initiatives and market changes, without the need for complex
and costly development.
  “aiRES is a key part of Virgin America’s strategy to utilize the
world’s most advanced technologies to provide customers with best-in-class
service,” said Brian Clark, vice president of Planning and Sales at Virgin
America. “The open architecture and configurability will allow us the
flexibility to compete and succeed in an evolving market.”
  Through the new multiple-year full content distribution deal with
Galileo, all of Virgin America’s published fares and inventory will be
available for booking to all Galileo-connected travel agencies and
corporations globally beginning July 19.
  “Galileo is committed to securing new content for our travel agency
customers, and delivering cost-effective and value-added distribution
solutions for our supplier customers,” said David Falter, president,
Galileo Americas. “We congratulate Virgin America as they move toward
wheels up this summer and are delighted to help them reach the 49,000
Galileo-connected travel agencies and their customers who prefer to buy,
book and manage Virgin America fares through the efficiency of the Galileo
GDS channel.”
  “Virgin America recognizes the value of Galileo’s distribution channels
and demand aggregation,” added Clark. “We are pleased to provide our key
travel agent partners, who are also Galileo subscribers, with access to our
full content.”