SOURCE: Farelogix

August 15, 2005 08:00 ET

Farelogix/PASS Adds RADIUS Wheel Functionality to FLX Platform and VTO

First-Time Distribution Agreement to Provide RADIUS Agencies With Integrated Access to Broad Selection of Travel Inventory; Farelogix/PASS to Gain Access to the Top Three Percent of Travel Agencies in Key Global Markets

SAN DIEGO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 15, 2005 -- NBTA 37th Annual Convention and Trade Show -- (Farelogix Booth # 804 / RADIUS Booth # 427 / PASS Booth # 230) -- Farelogix Inc., RADIUS, and PASS Consulting today announced the signing of a Letter of Intent to explore the development and distribution of a prototype point of sale system that integrates technologies developed by each party.

With a distribution agreement in place, Farelogix will be the first GDS new entrant (GNE) to provide a direct connect to the content and functionality offered by the RADIUS Wheel® technology via the already integrated FLX Platform and PASS Virtual Travel Organizer (VTO). RADIUS will conversely market to its membership base this new multi-source distribution and independent faring technology that offers easy access to travel inventory through a graphical user front-end. RADIUS handles 30 million bookings per year through its 95+ shareholder agencies in 80 countries.

"At RADIUS we are focused on broadening our ability to provide maximum available content at the point of sale to our shareholder agencies. With support from Farelogix/PASS, our shareholders will gain access to all available content, regardless of the source," said Tony Hughes, president and CEO at RADIUS. "Farelogix is a true 'all content' provider. With a fully integrated solution, our shareholders stand to gain from the cost savings and efficiencies that can be achieved through the many direct connect relationships that Farelogix is establishing."

The RADIUS Wheel® is a unique share shift technology developed by RADIUS that checks for deeper savings every time travel is booked, while at the same time guaranteeing adherence to corporate policy. This process reduces travel costs and increases corporate performance with preferred suppliers by offering alternatives based on pre-established guidelines set by clients. The Wheel offers price advantages as well as improves customer service when it checks the central database for exclusively available proprietary inventory that can be offered at a lower rate than the originally booked services. These counter-offers are displayed within seconds to the booking agent, who can then propose them at point-of-sale to the client.

All major components of the RADIUS Wheel® will be integrated in the graphical user interface VTO. "The dynamic combination of PASS VTO and the RADIUS Wheel® under the umbrella of the Farelogix offering delivers incredible pricing power and business management capabilities to the agent desktop," said Michael Strauss, CEO of PASS Consulting Corporation. "This unique alliance combines the direct distribution abilities of Farelogix, the GDS content of PASS' VTO and the faring counter-offers of the RADIUS Wheel®, providing a competitive advantage to RADIUS shareholder agencies and enabling them to deliver ongoing cost savings to their clients. This project shows the flexibility of PASS to meet the specific needs of all clients."

"Our goal is to provide travel agencies with a single dashboard view of the entire travel inventory available on the market," said Jim Davidson, president and CEO of Farelogix. "We already aggregate content from all the major GDS' and are continuing to build out our content offering through direct connect relationships with companies such as RADIUS."

According to Davidson, travel agencies that use the Farelogix FLX Platform and by extension, the PASS VTO, will now gain access to an even greater selection of travel inventory. They will also have the ability to take advantage of deeply discounted prices negotiated between RADIUS and its partner suppliers.

About Farelogix:

Farelogix is a leading provider of lower-cost, multi-source distribution and independent faring technology to the global travel industry. The company's FLX platform aggregates content from all four major Global Distribution Systems, as well as airline, private and Internet fare sources, while its sophisticated pricing technology enables comparative shopping across sources. Farelogix was founded in 1998 and counts among its customers some of the largest travel companies in Canada and the United States including Navigant International, American Express and Carlson Leisure Group. Farelogix has offices in Toronto, Canada and Miami, Florida. For additional information, visit www.farelogix.com.

About RADIUS:

RADIUS - the global travel company is one of the world's largest travel management companies with combined annual sales of over USD $19.4 billion. RADIUS is comprised of 95+ shareholder agencies in 80+ countries around the world with over 5,600 travel agency locations and is headquartered in the United States with regional offices servicing the Americas, EMEA, and Asia Pacific. For additional information visit www.radiustravel.com.

About PASS Consulting:

Miami-based PASS Consulting Corporation's Graphical User Interface VTO has many features including integrated customer profiling, individualized look and feel on the web, customizable workflow, on screen profit margins, and synchronized GDS native interfaces. With its unique multi-GDS capabilities, the certified and proven PASS GDS adapters put agencies in a position to solve the challenges of multi-source customer servicing and agent training with the easy to use, fully integrated system. PASS clients include Amadeus, E-Travel, Worldspan, Cendant/Travelport, Omega World Travel, Thomas Cook, MTS Travel and Unique Vacations. PASS was founded in 1981 in Germany and now has 730 employees worldwide with revenues in excess of $100 million. More information is available at www.PASS-consulting.com/usa or by calling (305) 269 6975.

Contact Information

  • Press Contacts:
    Jodi Echakowitz
    Echo Communications (For Farelogix)
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    Allan Slan
    RADIUS
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    Kate Koziol
    K Squared (For PASS)
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