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Qantas Launches Uatp Program In New Zealand

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 5 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

Universal Air Travel Plan, Inc. (UATP) announced today the launch of a new UATP program by Qantas Airways, Ltd. in the New Zealand corporate market. The Qantas UATP program, named Qantas Charge Card, is an enhanced payment system solution for corporate customers. The Qantas Charge Card simplifies the process of managing corporate travel expenses and provides corporations with increased control over travel expenses with the detailed management reports and statements.

Russell Williss, Corporate Sales Manager for Qantas New Zealand, said, "The ability to identify cost savings and operational efficiencies are important to our corporate customers and the UATP program allows us to meet their reporting needs. The Qantas Charge Card is currently available to corporations in New Zealand and may be used worldwide, for the most comprehensive transactional reporting for all corporate airline charges."

The key benefits of the Qantas UATP program include improved cost control through accurate and timely management reporting, convenience at reconciliation, flexibility on accounts, and an increase in cash flow through favorable payment terms. Corporations may choose to participate in the Qantas Charge Card with a lodged account centrally held by the corporation, a Qantas bonded travel agent, the Qantas Travel Centre or through Qantas Airways Reservations. In addition, organizations may also choose to provide executive travelers with a personal Qantas Charge Card. All Qantas Charge Card expenses will be consolidated to the master corporate account and there is no annual fee.

Richard Crum, UATP President and Chairman, said, "UATP is thrilled with the launch of the Qantas Charge Card product. Qantas realized the benefits that UATP will bring to its corporate program and has built a strong product offering of which they can be proud." Universal Air Travel Plan Inc., formerly known as Air Travel Card(R), is the world's first corporate travel payment system. Founded in 1936, UATP is owned and operated by each card-issuing airline and accepted by over 180 airlines worldwide. With annual global billings over USD 8 billion, UATP is the industry's own solution to combat rising credit card costs. UATP offers the most complete data and lowest administrative cost of any charge product in the airline industry. Multi-national corporations, including 73 percent of the Top 100 Global, utilize UATP to better manage travel expenses.

Airlines currently issuing UATP accounts include Aer Lingus, Air New Zealand, Alitalia, American Airlines (NYSE: AMR), Austrian Airlines, British Airways (NYSE: BAB), Continental (NYSE: CAL), Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL), Japan Airlines (Nasdaq: JAPNY), KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (NYSE: KLM), Lufthansa German Airlines, Qantas Airways, Ltd, Scandinavian Airlines System, United Airlines (NYSE: UAL) and US Airways (NYSE: U). For more information, visit http://www.uatp.com

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