SOURCE: ekit

September 16, 2008 11:14 ET

ekit Joins Lufthansa in "Virtual Pilot" Game

Winners Receive Two ekit Cell Phones Equipped With the ekit Travel Journal

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - September 16, 2008) - Ekit (, the leading telecommunications provider to international travelers and the travel industry, is proud to announce its participation in the Lufthansa "GenerationFly Virtual Pilot" game. The game times players as they use their knowledge of world geography to "land" their plane in a designated European city. The game marks the kick-off of Lufthansa's GenFlyLounge, found at

Beginning in September and through November, there will be three winners chosen randomly from the top ten scores based on geographical accuracy. Each winner will receive two round-trip tickets on Lufthansa, a four-day BMW rental and from ekit, two Motorola PEBL U6 cell phones equipped with a Passport SIM card and $50 worth of talk time prepaid on each phone. The ekit phone and Passport SIM work in over 110 countries with the lowest rates and no ongoing commitment or contract. Winners also get to use the ekit Travel Journal included with their international phones, which automatically records their experience based on their location. Travelers can update and personalize their Journal anytime by sending text messages directly from their ekit phone. For all other Lufthansa travelers who'd like to check out ekit's products, please go to:

"GenerationFly guarantees the lowest Lufthansa student fares, while ekit provides customers with the lowest airtime rates -- making our partnership a perfect fit," said Florian Gmeiner, Product Manager, Online and Direct Sales for Lufthansa. "The Travel Journal is also a great bonus for our winners, as they'll be able to record every adventure they embark upon."

"We're thrilled to be a part of the GenFlyLounge launch and associate ourselves with a travel company who shares our philosophy of providing services at the lowest possible cost to our customers," said John Diamond, ekit CEO.

In the future, the ekit Travel Journal will integrate location information via the Yahoo! Fire Eagle platform from other location applications and import them into the Travel Journal. Travelers will also be able to export their location information and publish all or part of their Travel Journal on their favorite social networking sites, as well as upload photos from their cell phones, which can be automatically geo-tagged via sites like Flickr.

To play "GenerationFly Virtual Pilot," college students should go to

NOTE TO MEDIA: To request an interview or trial of the Travel Journal, please contact Erica Johnson at or call PJ Inc. at 212-629-8445.


The leading communications provider to international travelers and the travel industry, ekit offers mobile phones, satellite phones, SIM cards and global calling cards. To date, more than two million travelers have used an ekit product or service through ekit's retail company, Telestial ( or through one of ekit's 350+ partners including Orbitz, Travelocity and STA Travel. Ekit operates telecom infrastructure in Europe, America and Asia, and maintains wholesale relationships with more than a dozen global telecom operators worldwide. Customer service and support for all ekit products are available 24/7, 365 days a year in seven different languages. For more information, please visit

About GenerationFly(SM) / GenFlyLounge

Launched during Spring Break 2006, GenerationFly is Lufthansa's micro site for U.S.-based college students. With Lufthansa's lowest student fares, flexible booking terms and conditions, free date changes and maximum 12-month stays, GenerationFly is geared for budget-minded students planning an overseas study-abroad session, vacation sojourn, voluntourism junket, or any other international travel experience. With GenFlyLounge, the airline's exclusive online community, students can contribute and share travel tips, rate recommendations posted by other members, and connect with students with similar interests. Students must have a valid ".edu" email address to register for GenerationFly and GenFlyLounge, and a current college/university-issued ID card at airport check-in.

About Lufthansa

One of the world's largest airlines, Lufthansa flies to 192 destinations in 78 countries, including 22 North American gateways. Lufthansa has hubs in Munich, Frankfurt, and, with its 2005 acquisition of SWISS into its portfolio, Zurich. Together with its partners, Lufthansa serves 416 destinations in approximately 100 countries. An industry innovator, Lufthansa has long been committed to environment protection and sustainability, operating the most technically-advanced and fuel-efficient fleet in the world. Lufthansa will be the largest European operator of the Airbus A380 and the launch customer for the new Boeing 747-8, the industries' two most fuel-efficient passenger aircraft. For more information or reservations, visit

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