PARSIPPANY, NJ (Galileo International) - Galileo International, a leading global distribution system (GDS), and subsidiary of Cendant Corp. (NYSE: CD), and United Airlines, one of the largest international carriers based in the United States, today announced that they have signed a five-year, full content, enterprise agreement, which designates Galileo as a preferred distribution channel for United's ticket sales.
Through the agreement, all published fares and seat inventory offered by United, including Web fares available on its own site and through third parties, will be available to all users of the Galileo GDS system including Galileo-connected travel agencies and Cendant TDS online agencies booking through Galileo. The agreement provides flexibility to accommodate the dynamic distribution marketplace. The company expects to sign full content agreements with additional carriers in the near term.
"This long-term content agreement with United underscores the efficiency and value of the Cendant TDS portfolio and the Galileo GDS, and our ability to bring together travel buyers and sellers across the globe," said Kurt Ekert, senior vice president, Supplier Services for Cendant TDS. "Our travel agents, corporate travelers and consumer customers will continue to have access to the full content offered by United Airlines."
"Through this agreement with Galileo all United's fares and seat inventory will continue to be accessible to our customers through Galileo's broad base of travel agencies," said Doug Leo, vice president of revenue management, United Airlines. This agreement also provides us with a flexible and cost-effective distribution solution that meets the needs of today's dynamic marketplace.
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