SOUTHLAKE, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May 10, 2007–US Helicopter Corporation (“US Helicopter”) has signed a multi-year agreement with Sabre Travel Network (“Sabre”) making US Helicopter published fares and inventory available for all subscribers of Sabre global distribution system (GDS), including online and offline travel agencies.
This agreement, partnering US Helicopter and Sabre, facilitates a seamless travel experience from booking through to traveling to the heliports in New York City, a prime corporate travel destination also known for significant commuter traffic congestion. Sabre Travel Network, the world’s largest and most rewarding marketplace for buying and selling travel, will provide US Helicopter and their partner airlines – Delta Air Lines at JFK International Airport and Continental Airlines at Newark Liberty International Airport – with Interline Electronic Ticketing capabilities, allowing for US Helicopter’s eight-minute airport shuttle service to be seamlessly booked through the Sabre system in conjunction with air travel arrangements.
“We see this as a great benefit to high-end leisure travelers and especially to corporate travelers, the corporations they work for, and the agencies that manage their travel arrangements,” said Hugh Jones, chief operating officer of Sabre Travel Network. “For the corporate traveler, it means saving time when the overall day of travel has typically gotten a bit longer due to increased security requirements.
For the corporation, it means integrated traveler policies even in the case of VIP travel, and for the agencies, it provides additional customer service and a streamlined process for providing this service.”
US Helicopter’s “eight-minute airport shuttle” service offers business travelers an affordable and hassle-free airport commute between two New York City Heliports, John F. Kennedy International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport. The company also services Connecticut commuters with operations to/from New York City and Bridgeport Sikorsky Memorial Airport.
“Partnering with Sabre now enables US Helicopter to be as convenient for their vast network of travel professionals as it is for the passengers themselves,” comments Jerry Murphy, Chief Executive Officer and President of US Helicopter.
As part of US Helicopter’s convenient service, travelers check-in at the heliport, receive boarding passes and check-through luggage to their final destination when traveling on a partner carrier. All customers will also clear TSA security screening at the heliport and board their US Helicopter “eight minute airport shuttle” flight, arriving at the airport on the secure side where they go directly to their outbound flight when traveling with a partner airline. Travelers now have a clear alternative, avoiding the stress and aggravation of ground transportation to/from the airport as well as long lines and delays at the airport.
This new addition to traveler content reaffirms the Sabre GDS as providing the largest access to content in the world and addressing the end to end needs of agencies and their corporate and leisure customers.
About Sabre Travel Network
Sabre Travel Network, a Sabre Holdings company, provides access to the world’s leading global distribution system (GDS). The Sabre GDS is a ready-built efficient marketplace that connects suppliers, including hundreds of airlines and thousands of hotels, with more than 50,000 travel agency locations. Suppliers get access through one single connection; travel agents get real time access to thousands of travel products from multiple suppliers through one source integrated into their businesses; consumers get access to a global supermarket of the world’s greatest travel possibilities.
Key brands of Sabre Travel Network include GetThere, the leading Web-based corporate travel reservation technology, and Jurni Network, the unique leisure travel agency consortium that enables members to sell more products from preferred travel suppliers using sophisticated market intelligence.
Sabre Holdings connects people with the world’s greatest travel possibilities by retailing travel products and providing distribution and technology solutions for the travel industry. More information about Sabre Holdings is available at http://www.sabre-holdings.com.
About US Helicopter
US Helicopter (OTCBB:USHP) is the first scheduled airline helicopter service between Manhattan, JFK and Newark Airports in more than two decades. Presently, US Helicopter operates 325 weekly flights to/from the Downtown Manhattan Heliport, Atlantic Metroport at East 34th Street, JFK International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport, as well as service to/from Downtown Manhattan Heliport and Bridgeport Sikorsky Memorial Airport serving Fairfield and New Haven counties.
Founded in 2003, US Helicopter provides scheduled, reliable, fast and affordable helicopter transportation designed to meet the needs of time-sensitive business travelers. All flights utilize state-of-the-art Sikorsky S-76 helicopters configured for eight passengers and staffed with two pilots. US Helicopter Scheduled Airline Service is designed for business travelers… “because you’re too important to wait.” For more information please visit http://www.flyush.com.
Safe Harbor for Forward-Looking Statements:
The foregoing contains “forward-looking statements”, which are based on management’s beliefs, as well as on a number of assumptions concerning future events and information currently available to management. Readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which are not a guarantee of performance and are subject to a number of uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside US Helicopter’s control that could cause actual results to differ materially from such statements. For a more detailed description of the factors that could cause such a difference, please see US Helicopter’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. US Helicopter disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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SOURCE: Sabre Travel NetworkRoman