America West Airlines and GetThere.com,
formerly Internet Travel Network, today announced the Airline has signed a
letter of intent to integrate the online service provider`s ITN FlightRez
booking engine into its Web site, http://www.americawest.com.
The letter of intent outlines a strategic alliance targeted at providing
America West customers with the latest online technology for travel booking
and extending GetThere.com`s position as a leading technology provider for
airline and corporate travel sites. In connection with the alliance, America
West also is making a minority equity investment in GetThere.com.
“America West has enjoyed great success with its Web site,” said Bernie
Han, senior vice president, planning at America West. “With our exponential
growth, we needed to increase our online booking capabilities and provide even
greater online services and functionality to our customers. GetThere.com has
a solid reputation in providing leading-edge technology for online travel
“We are pleased with the prospect of adding America West to our list of
clients,” said Gadi Maier, chief executive officer and president of
GetThere.com. “Our product offers a powerful online booking service and we
believe it supports America West`s strategy to continue to improve service to
its customers via the Internet.”
GetThere.com is a leading provider of online business-to-business travel
procurement services. As Internet Travel Network, the company launched its
first World Wide Web-based traveler reservation system in 1995, and developed
its first Web-based corporate travel product lien serving corporate customers
in 1996. GetThere.com clients include many of the world`s leading
corporations and travel service suppliers, including United Airlines, Toyota,
Nabisco, Nike, Texas Instruments, Credit Suisse First Boston, Procter &
Gamble, CNN Interactive, iVillage, Rough Guides and Diners Club.
Taking advantage of opportunities created by the Internet, GetThere.com
helps organizations save money and gain efficiencies for businesses by
customizing E-commerce services. For more information, visit GetThere.com`s
Web site at http://www.GetThere.com.
America West Airlines, the nation`s ninth largest carrier, serves more
than 90 destinations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. America West Airlines is
a wholly owned subsidiary of America West Holdings Corporation (NYSE: AWA) ,
an aviation and travel services company with 1998 sales of $2.0 billion.
This press release, as well as releases issued in the past year by America
West Holdings and its affiliates, can be accessed on the America West Internet
site at http://www.americawest.com.