BELLEVUE, Wash., Mar. 1, 2012 -- Expedia, Inc., the world's largest travel company, today announced a new long-term global partnership agreement with Aeroflot, Russia’s national carrier and the largest airline in the country. The agreement, which is the Russian carrier’s first with an online travel agency, makes Aeroflot’s complete schedule of fares and inventory available to the millions of leisure travelers that visit Expedia®- and Hotwire®-branded sites worldwide each month, as well as to business travelers in more than 40 countries through corporate travel provider Egencia®.
“By expanding our online presence through our partnership with Expedia, we’re better equipped to reach the growing audience of consumers choosing to research and book their travel on the web,” said Andrew Novokshonov, Aeroflot’s General Manager in the United States. “We’re confident this partnership with Expedia will help Aeroflot to maintain its position as Russia’s leading airline, while growing brand recognition and delivering more bookings from travelers in countries that we’ve previously been unable to reach.”
“We’re quite excited to have formed this partnership with Aeroflot because it allows Expedia to provide consumers with an even more robust selection of air travel options in Expedia’s global travel marketplace,” said Greg Schulze, senior vice president of global tour and transport for Expedia Worldwide. “We think it only serves to enhance the level of value we deliver to our travelers, which is really our ultimate goal.”
About Expedia, Inc.
Expedia, Inc. is the largest online travel company in the world, with an extensive brand portfolio that includes some of the world’s leading online travel brands, including:
• Expedia.com®, the world’s largest full service online travel agency, with localized sites in more than 25 countries
• Hotels.com®, the hotel specialist with sites in more than 60 countries
• Leading discount travel site Hotwire®, which offers opaque deals in nine countries on its eight sites in North America and Europe
• Egencia®, the world's fifth largest corporate travel management company
• China's second largest booking site eLong™
• Leading agency hotel company Venere.com™
• Destination services and activities provider Expedia Local Expert®; and
• Luxury travel specialist Classic Vacations®
The company delivers consumers value in leisure and business travel, drives incremental demand and direct bookings to travel suppliers, and provides advertisers the opportunity to reach a highly valuable audience of in-market travel consumers through Expedia Media Solutions. Expedia also powers bookings for some of the world’s leading airlines and hotels, top consumer brands, high traffic websites, and thousands of active affiliates through Expedia® Affiliate Network. (NASDAQ: EXPE) For corporate and industry news and views, visit us at www.expediainc.com or follow us on Twitter @expediainc.
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