Star Alliance Launches Downloadable Timetable for Pocket PC's

First Alliance-wide Flight Timetable for Pocket PC Platform

May 14, 2002, 01:00 ET from Star Alliance

    LOS ANGELES, May 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Coinciding with its fifth anniversary,
 Star Alliance(TM) today introduced the first alliance-wide flight timetable
 product for the Pocket PC platform.  The 12-member, 14-brand airline group
 continues to introduce new customer benefits as part of its ongoing efforts to
 deliver a smooth travel experience across all member carriers.
     In addition to displaying thousands of flights operated by Star Alliance
 member carriers, the timetable application for pocket PCs offers a wealth of
 other useful information.  Downloadable from the Star Alliance website, , it provides details such as departure and arrival
 terminals, and flight distances in miles as well as in kilometers.  An
 extensive list of airline contact addresses worldwide is also displayed.
     The application features dynamic connection building, which will design
 itineraries based on the customer's input of origin and destination airports
 and other specific preferences.  Information about operating carrier, type of
 aircraft, flying time and meal service on the route requested is also shown.
 Selected flights can easily be added to the pocket PC's calendar.  Flight
 schedules are updated every week.
     "We constantly look for opportunities to serve Star Alliance customers
 worldwide," said Dieter Armgardt, Director - Business Development at Star
 Alliance.  "Last year we introduced a downloadable and highly acclaimed
 timetable for Palm OS devices. We have also developed a WAP portal that
 provides easy access to the Star Alliance or member carriers' travel services
 and information via WAP supported networks."
     "With the introduction of the pocket PC application we are now in a
 position where we serve all the most commonly used or mainstream handheld
 devices," Armgardt said.
     Star Alliance, the first truly global airline alliance, was established on
 May 14, 1997.  The member carriers are Air Canada, Air New Zealand, All Nippon
 Airways - ANA, Austrian Airlines, bmi british midland, Lauda Air, Lufthansa,
 Mexicana, SAS Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways
 International, Tyrolean Airways, United Airlines and VARIG Brazilian Airlines.
     The Star Alliance network currently encompasses 729 airports in 124
 countries, and is served by almost 11,000 daily flights.  This equates into a
 Star Alliance aircraft taking off or landing somewhere in the world every four
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