Thursday February 15, 9:30 am ET
BELLEVUE, Wash., Feb. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Expedia, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXPE - News), the world´s leading online travel company, today announced it has signed a new long-term strategic agreement with Frontier Airlines.
With this new four-year partnership agreement in place, Frontier Airlines´ fares, schedules and inventory will be available through Expedia, Inc.´s portfolio of brands. As part of this relationship, Frontier Airlines will be included in the opaque and retail fares offered on discount travel site Hotwire.com(TM). Finally, Frontier Airlines will be expanding their involvement with Expedia® Corporate Travel, deepening Frontier´s relationship and alignment with this important source of corporate demand and business travelers.
This new contract enables Frontier to benefit from Expedia, Inc.´s online travel expertise, broad reach and targeted merchandising opportunities and gives Expedia travelers greater access to Frontier´s distinctive, high-quality and low-priced air travel product.
"Frontier is recognized as one of the country´s leading low-fare airlines. We are proud to extend our relationship with innovators like Frontier because it allows us to continue offering our travelers the widest selection of price and inventory in the industry," said Lloyd Johnson, senior vice president, Expedia Partner Services Group, Americas. "Our partnership with Frontier also represents the type of long-term, mutually beneficial strategic agreements that we want to establish with our partners."
"Expedia´s broad reach is critical to our ability to win customers in parts of the country where our footprint is not as large as it is in Denver and the West," said John Happ, senior vice president of marketing and planning, Frontier Airlines. "We look forward to gaining new customers through Expedia and Expedia Corporate Travel, bringing low fares and great customer service to more passengers around the country." About Expedia Partner Services Group
Expedia´s Partner Services Group offers its supplier partners choice, seamless coordination and complete access to our vast traveler base. The formation of the Partner Services Group is a testament of Expedia´s commitment to continually refine the way we conduct business by seeking our suppliers´ input and customizing our services to meet their needs.
About Expedia, Inc.
Expedia, Inc. is the world´s leading online travel company, empowering business and leisure travelers with the tools and information they need to easily research, plan, book, and experience travel. Expedia, Inc. also provides wholesale travel to offline retail travel agents. Expedia, Inc.´s portfolio of brands includes: Expedia.com®, hotels.com®, Hotwire®, Expedia® Corporate Travel, TripAdvisor® and Classic Vacations®. Expedia, Inc.´s companies also operate internationally with sites in Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Australia, Japan and China, through its investment in eLong(TM). For more information, visit http://www.expediainc.com/.
About Frontier Airlines Holdings, Inc.
Frontier Airlines Holdings, Inc. is the parent company of Denver-based Frontier Airlines. Currently in its 13th year of operations, Frontier Airlines is the second largest jet service carrier at Denver International Airport, employing approximately 5,000 aviation professionals. With 55 aircraft and one of the youngest Airbus fleet in North America, Frontier offers 24 channels of DIRECTV® service in every seatback along with 33 inches of legroom in an all coach configuration. In conjunction with its regional jet fleet, operated by Horizon Air, Frontier offers routes linking its Denver hub to 55 destinations including 48 U.S. cities in 28 states spanning the nation from coast to coast, eight cities in Mexico and one city in Canada. In November of 2006, Frontier and AirTran announced a first-of-its-kind integrated marketing partnership that offers travelers the ability to reach more than 80 destinations across four countries with low fares, aboard two of the youngest fleets in the industry. In December of 2006 Frontier was designated "Best Low Cost Carrier" in the U.S. by the readers of Business Traveler magazine. For more in-depth information on Frontier Airlines, please visit our website at http://www.frontierairlines.com/ .