Worldspan, one of the world`s leading Global Distribution Systems (GDS), is to offer travel agents online bookings through X-TANT`s leading integrated selling system Traveleye.
Using state-of-the-art browser based technology, Worldspan Go!sm via the Internet enables travel agents to access the Worldspan reservation system via the Internet for up-to-the-minute Worldspan booking, pricing and ticketing and offers reservations with over 800 airlines and services including hotel accommodation and car hire, bringing live bookings with carriers such as Virgin Atlantic, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines to agents` fingertips.
The breakthrough means agents will be able to access Worldspan Go! directly from within Traveleye and earn commission on every booking. Agents will pay for a licence with Worldspan on a per-user basis and will also purchase a ticket printer, with both charges refundable once specific productivity targets are hit.
Because X-TANT`s system is provided on an Application Service Provider (ASP) basis -delivered across a network rather than hosted on agents` systems - Traveleye users will be able to take immediate advantage of the breakthrough without the need for time-consuming system upgrades.
Worldspan Go! joins a host of other high-profile travel providers already available on Traveleye through existing reservations technology, with the system allowing agents to book holidays and other add-ons from over 100 operators.
John Joinson, country manager for Worldspan in UK and Ireland commented: “Worldspan and X-TANT are together significantly enhancing the travel agent`s service by providing them with the opportunity to increase their scheduled flight, hotel and car rental bookings and improve on their return from technology.”
Said X-TANT`s travel market manager Howard Tinker: “This deal is a further vote of confidence in Traveleye from a world leading company and is another important chapter in the development of Traveleye as the leading integrated selling system for agents.
“Agents using our system can expect to see more high-profile travel providers on Traveleye over coming months.” Worldspan provides global electronic distribution of travel information, Internet products and connectivity, and electronic commerce capabilities for travel agencies, travel service providers and corporations worldwide. The company`s three lines of business are travel supplier services, e-commerce, and global distribution systems for the worldwide travel industry. The Worldspan reservations system provides nearly 21,000 travel agencies and other users worldwide with travel data and booking capabilities for hundreds of the world`s leading travel supplier services. Worldspan is the market leader in e-commerce for the travel industry, processing more than 50 percent of all online travel bookings. The company maintains world headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. Worldspan is owned by affiliates of Delta Air Lines, Inc. (NYSE: DAL), Northwest Airlines (NASDAQ: NWAC) and TWA Airlines LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of American Airlines, Inc. Additional information is available at www.worldspan.com
X-TANT is part of NTL`s Business Division. It provides the leisure travel industry`s leading bookings network, accounting for 65% of bookings made electronically by agents, and is the sector`s fastest-growing applications provider, delivering breakthrough solutions including Traveleye. X-TANT also provides tailored networking solutions based on its Internet Protocol (IP)-based network and delivers NTL`s portfolio of voice, data and internet products into the travel industry.
NTL offers a wide range of communications services to residential and business customers throughout the UK and Ireland. The company serves over 4.6 million on-net residential, cable telephony and Internet - and 1.3 million off-net Internet and telephony - customers. In addition, the company pioneers complete multi-service solutions to over 70,000 UK business customers, including the Royal Bank of Scotland, Comet, AT&T and Orange.