New Mobile App Can Be Licensed By Airlines and Travel Distributors to Enable
Branded, Location-Aware Airfare Search
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.–(Business Wire)–
ITA Software, Inc., a leading provider of innovative solutions for the travel
industry, today announced the launch of its airfare shopping mobile app,
OnTheFly, for the Apple iPhone and iPod touch. Airlines and travel distributors
can license and integrate OnTheFly into their branded mobile products and
booking platforms to take advantage of this new sales and service channel.
Travelers can also download the shopping-only version for free from the App
Store to search for optimal fares and itineraries.
Built on QPX, ITA`s airfare pricing and shopping engine, OnTheFly offers the
same advanced, powerful comparison shopping features used by many travel
companies and by ITA`s Matrix airfare search application at
http://matrix.itasoftware.com. OnTheFly enables users to easily shop for optimal
airfares for any itinerary in the world and provides comprehensive choices to
tailor the search and shopping experience. Specific features include:
* Flexible airport selection automatically suggests additional airports around
origin or destination and allows multiple airports to be selected
* Intuitive travel date selector enables users to specify either single or
multiple departure and arrival dates in one calendar interaction
* Fine-grained control over search parameters allows users to specify number and
type of passengers (such as adult or child), departure and arrival times, number
of permitted stops, cabin class, and others
* Easy-to-read chart summaries of search results enable easy comparison among
airlines, number of stops, travel dates and airports, as well as total mileage
and carbon emissions for each trip
* The ability to build an itinerary flight by flight makes it easy to explore
multiple options, with controls for sorting flights by airline, price, departure
time, arrival time, flight duration, and number of permitted stops
* Full disclosure of exact airfare calculation,including all taxes and fees,
provides all information necessary to make a reservation and purchase the
“We are happy to offer iPhone users a mobile app that provides them with the
power and flexibility of our QPX airfare shopping engine,” said Jeremy
Wertheimer, CEO of ITA Software.
Pricing and Availability
ITA Software`s OnTheFly for iPhone and iPod touch is now available to download
for free from the App Store. Mobile applications for BlackBerry and Android
platforms are planned for later in 2010. Travel companies can contact ITA
Software Business Development to discuss terms and integration with their
booking and mobile platforms.
About ITA Software, Inc.
ITA Software (www.itasoftware.com) is a leading provider of innovative solutions
for the travel industry. ITA`s QPX, a comprehensive airfare shopping system, is
used by leading airlines and travel distributors worldwide including Alaska
Airlines, American Airlines, Bing, Continental Airlines, Hotwire, Kayak, Orbitz,
Southwest Airlines, TripAdvisor, United Airlines, US Airways, Virgin Atlantic
Airways, and others. ITA is now offering a completely new airline passenger
reservation system to improve the customer experience. On July 1, 2010, Google
announced an agreement to acquire ITA Software. ITA was founded by computer
scientists from MIT and is headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., USA.
Apple, iPhone and iPod touch are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the
U.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc.
Cara Kretz, +1 617-714-2123
fama PR (for ITA Software)
Kate Thermansen, +1 617-758-4147
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