chinadotcom Unit Ion Global Appointed E-Business Partner for Emirates and SriLankan Airlines' Frequent Flyer Program Online

Apr 17, 2001, 01:00 ET from chinadotcom corporation

    HONG KONG, April 17 /PRNewswire/ --
 chinadotcom corporation (Nasdaq:   CHINA) (Website: http://www.corp.china.com),
 a leading pan Asian integrated Internet company, announced that its wholly
 owned subsidiary Ion Global (formerly Web Connection) has been selected by
 Skywards, the exclusive frequent flyer program of Emirates and SriLankan
 Airlines, to re-energize their program online.
     Through an international pitch, Ion Global was appointed for a two-year
 period to work with Skywards on integrating customer-centric strategies with
 cutting edge technology to deliver on a world class solution for Emirates and
 SriLankan customers.  The project will involve resources from four Ion Global
 offices -- Hong Kong, Singapore, London and San Francisco.
     Peter Hamilton, COO of chinadotcom corporation and CEO of Ion Global,
 commented, "We're pleased that our unparalleled industry experience and
 regional business scale enable us to compete successfully for major projects
 from multinational clients.  Our ongoing rationalization of offices and
 headcount program has helped us to refocus on building on our leading share of
 the e-business integration market in Asia and strengthening our margins."
     "We chose Ion Global after a very comprehensive pitch process because we
 have big ambitions for our Skywards site," said Mike Simon, Director of
 Corporate Communications for Emirates.  "We started well but in this business
 it is necessary to take quantum leaps regularly to catch up and overtake the
 competition.  Ion Global will provide such a capacity.  We look forward to an
 exciting partnership."
     Peter Hamilton, CEO of Ion Global, added, "We are delighted to have been
 appointed by Skywards.  We feel we are uniquely suited to support their
 organization given our vast experience in the travel industry."
     According to a Jupiter Media Metrix Travel Forecast in April 2000, online
 travel will grow to a US$28 billion market by 2005 in the US alone.
 
     About chinadotcom corporation
     chinadotcom corporation (Nasdaq:   CHINA) (http://www.corp.china.com) is a
 leading integrated Internet company offering e-business solutions, portal and
 e-marketing services.  Through its three-dimensional business model,
 chinadotcom provides a full range of Internet services around the Asia Pacific
 region that:  1) build e-business strategies and solutions (chinadotcom
 e-solutions), 2) distribute content via its portal network (chinadotcom media
 assets), and 3) sell services through online marketing (chinadotcom
 e-marketing).
     Fuelling the growth of these three business units is a synergistic
 investment strategy (chinadotcom ventures) that leverages on chinadotcom's
 existing operational and cost infrastructure.  By partnering with companies
 that have proven and successful track records, chinadotcom is well positioned
 to create long term shareholder value through its investments.
     The company and its subsidiaries have offices in more than 10 markets,
 including Japan, Korea, Australia, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan,
 Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, UK and the USA.  For more information about
 chinadotcom corporation, please visit http://www.corp.china.com
 
     Safe Harbor Statement
     The statements in this news release, other than the historical financial
 information, may contain forward-looking statements that involve risks and
 uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from anticipated
 results.  Further information on risk factors that could affect chinadotcom
 corporation's results of operations is detailed in chinadotcom corporation's
 registration statements and annual report, as filed with the United States
 Securities and Exchange Commission.
 
 

SOURCE chinadotcom corporation
    HONG KONG, April 17 /PRNewswire/ --
 chinadotcom corporation (Nasdaq:   CHINA) (Website: http://www.corp.china.com),
 a leading pan Asian integrated Internet company, announced that its wholly
 owned subsidiary Ion Global (formerly Web Connection) has been selected by
 Skywards, the exclusive frequent flyer program of Emirates and SriLankan
 Airlines, to re-energize their program online.
     Through an international pitch, Ion Global was appointed for a two-year
 period to work with Skywards on integrating customer-centric strategies with
 cutting edge technology to deliver on a world class solution for Emirates and
 SriLankan customers.  The project will involve resources from four Ion Global
 offices -- Hong Kong, Singapore, London and San Francisco.
     Peter Hamilton, COO of chinadotcom corporation and CEO of Ion Global,
 commented, "We're pleased that our unparalleled industry experience and
 regional business scale enable us to compete successfully for major projects
 from multinational clients.  Our ongoing rationalization of offices and
 headcount program has helped us to refocus on building on our leading share of
 the e-business integration market in Asia and strengthening our margins."
     "We chose Ion Global after a very comprehensive pitch process because we
 have big ambitions for our Skywards site," said Mike Simon, Director of
 Corporate Communications for Emirates.  "We started well but in this business
 it is necessary to take quantum leaps regularly to catch up and overtake the
 competition.  Ion Global will provide such a capacity.  We look forward to an
 exciting partnership."
     Peter Hamilton, CEO of Ion Global, added, "We are delighted to have been
 appointed by Skywards.  We feel we are uniquely suited to support their
 organization given our vast experience in the travel industry."
     According to a Jupiter Media Metrix Travel Forecast in April 2000, online
 travel will grow to a US$28 billion market by 2005 in the US alone.
 
     About chinadotcom corporation
     chinadotcom corporation (Nasdaq:   CHINA) (http://www.corp.china.com) is a
 leading integrated Internet company offering e-business solutions, portal and
 e-marketing services.  Through its three-dimensional business model,
 chinadotcom provides a full range of Internet services around the Asia Pacific
 region that:  1) build e-business strategies and solutions (chinadotcom
 e-solutions), 2) distribute content via its portal network (chinadotcom media
 assets), and 3) sell services through online marketing (chinadotcom
 e-marketing).
     Fuelling the growth of these three business units is a synergistic
 investment strategy (chinadotcom ventures) that leverages on chinadotcom's
 existing operational and cost infrastructure.  By partnering with companies
 that have proven and successful track records, chinadotcom is well positioned
 to create long term shareholder value through its investments.
     The company and its subsidiaries have offices in more than 10 markets,
 including Japan, Korea, Australia, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan,
 Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, UK and the USA.  For more information about
 chinadotcom corporation, please visit http://www.corp.china.com
 
     Safe Harbor Statement
     The statements in this news release, other than the historical financial
 information, may contain forward-looking statements that involve risks and
 uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from anticipated
 results.  Further information on risk factors that could affect chinadotcom
 corporation's results of operations is detailed in chinadotcom corporation's
 registration statements and annual report, as filed with the United States
 Securities and Exchange Commission.
 
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