SOURCE: LodgeX Airline Solutions

March 15, 2007 11:01 ET

Trans States Holdings Rebooks LodgeX Airline Solutions Suite

Trans States Holdings Extends LodgeX Airline Solutions Contract for 3rd Party Crew Lodging and Other Travel Management

MINNETONKA, MN -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 15, 2007 -- LodgeX Airline Solutions announces a contract extension of outsourced lodging services for Trans States Holdings and its subsidiaries Trans States Airlines and GoJet Airlines. A product of LJK Companies, LodgeX Airline Solutions is a suite of lodging management services tailored to the airline industry (www.LodgeX.com).

"We have used the LodgeX program since 2003 and have been delighted with the benefits of outsourcing our crew lodging needs. The LodgeX team has been extremely responsive to our needs and has customized their systems to better integrate with our operational needs," says Richard Leach, President and COO of Trans States Holdings. "Having LodgeX Airline Solutions manage these services has reduced the workload at our Strategic Operations Control Center."

Through implementation of the LodgeX Airline Solutions suite, airlines streamline their lodging management systems by seamlessly connecting their flight schedules with business processes to forecast lodging needs, reserve hotels, consolidate and audit billing and make adjustments due to schedule interruptions. Client airlines report reduced lodging expense in addition to reducing internal resources to manage and track their lodging needs and expenses.

"We have been providing crew lodging and other travel related services for twenty years now," said Todd Friesen, COO of LJK Companies. "Airlines are finding that it makes good business sense to leverage the enhancements we've made to our systems specifically to serve airline customers. Combining superior customer service with ever increasing levels of automation enables LodgeX Airline Solutions to provide clients with a robust lodging and transportation solution."

The LodgeX Airline Solutions suite has five main modules:

1. Crew LodgeX -- Forecasts and coordinates scheduled and unscheduled lodging needs.

2. Hotel LodgeX -- Sources and negotiates hotel rates.

3. Audit LodgeX -- Processes and audits hotel charges and consolidates billing.

4. Tax LodgeX -- Recovers/avoids excess transient occupancy taxes.

5. Travel LodgeX -- Services Corporate, leisure and distressed traveler needs.

With the LodgeX Airline Solutions suite, carriers can have a best-in-class lodging management process and reduce their costs.

"Having the LodgeX Airline Solutions team manage our lodging needs and associated administration enables us to focus our time and staff on better serving our passengers," says Terry Basham, Vice President of Customer Service of Trans States Airlines.

About LodgeX Airline Solutions:

LodgeX Airline Solutions (www.LodgeX.com) is an outsourced lodging service specifically tailored to the needs of airline carriers. LodgeX Airline Solutions is a service provided by the LJK Companies, Inc. (www.ljkco.com), a leader in the travel management industry with clients and services targeted to railroads, transportation companies, retail merchandisers, corporate travel, sports teams and the military. LodgeX books 2.2 million hotel rooms a year for clients.

About Trans States Holdings

Trans States Holdings is a large regional airline holding company that operates Trans States Airlines and GoJet Airlines and serves the Midwest and Eastern U.S. Trans States Holdings employs over 2,000 aviation professionals with service to 90 cities in 37 states and more than 440 daily flights. Trans States Airlines is also the recipient of the Federal Aviation Administration's Certificate of Excellence Diamond Award seven years in a row. For more information, visit http://www.transstates.net.

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