Susan W. Austin, who brings a decade of experience in the aerospace
industry, is a new UATP (Universal Air Travel Plan, Inc.) project manager
responsible for recruiting travel agencies as merchants in New Zealand for
UATP. Austin will be posted in Auckland for 9 to 18 months as part of a
targeted business development effort by UATP to expand its merchant base
and meet demand for its corporate travel payment services.
“Susan Austin brings considerable skills and experience for this position
that will make her a great asset for the UATP team,” said Tom Cunningham,
UATP`s director of business development. “UATP`s Issuers in New Zealand,
Air New Zealand and Qantas have identified a strong need for travel
agencies to act as UATP merchants and UATP is responding to this market
Austin comes to UATP from the Air Transport Association, in Washington,
D.C., where she was a customer relations manager responsible for
e-business activities associated with SPEC2000 and the ATA Aviation
Marketplace, an aviation industry database, since 2001. Prior to that
time, Austin was a project manager and program analyst with
Veridian/ARINC/STI, where she worked on development of the V-22 Osprey
military aircraft, and at ERM-Rocky Mountain, in Denver, where she was an
environmental specialist. She received her M.B.A. from the College of
William and Mary`s Graduate School of Business Administration and her B.A.
from the University of Virginia.
UATP is the world`s first corporate charge product. UATP accounts are
actively issued by 14 member airlines and accepted as a form of payment
for corporate business travel by more than 200 airlines worldwide.
Airlines currently issuing UATP accounts include Aer Lingus, Air New
Zealand, Alitalia, American Airlines , Austrian Airlines, British Airways
, Continental Airlines , Delta Air Lines , Japan Airlines , Lufthansa
German Airlines, Qantas Airways, Ltd., Scandinavian Airlines System,
United Airlines and US Airways . For more information, visit uatp.com.