Travel AS selects OpenJaw Technologies

Posted: December 2nd, 2005

Travel AS, Scandinavia’s new Travel Switch chooses OpenJaw

Dublin, Ireland – 2 December 2005

OpenJaw Technologies, a leading provider of XML travel technology solutions, today announced that it has agreed to supply its internet booking engine for travel, xRez, and its advanced XML middleware technology, xDistributor, to Travel AS, in order to create Scandinavia’s first Travel & Events Distribution Switch.

Travel AS’s vision is to connect all of the main participants in the Scandinavian travel & event industry directly to each other by providing the industry’s switch for direct distribution of travel inventory through a single interface. OpenJaw’s technology is the cornerstone of Travel’s Superbooking® Solution.

“Travel’s business idea is to be the switch for Superbooking® solutions in the Scandinavian market for travel & events. We sought a technology partner who could provide a flexible, scalable and proven solution for the integration and distribution of multiple Scandinavian suppliers inventory across many distribution channels.” said Toralf Ekelund, General Manager of Travel AS. “The OpenJaw proposition is a great fit for both Travel AS and our customer’s requirements. We are also confident that this technology platform will sustain our future growth. First to innovate with this solution will be the airline SAS Braathens in Norway. Testing within specific communities will be performed in the coming months.”

Commenting on the new partnership, OpenJaw’s SVP of Sales & Marketing, Declan McGuinness said, “Our partnership with Travel AS has a double benefit. Not only has OpenJaw secured an excellent reference site in a new market, we have also gained, in Travel AS, an astute partner who has extensive reach in the region. We see a lot of potential for growth for both companies through this relationship.”


Notes To Editors:

About OpenJaw Technologies

OpenJaw Technologies is a leader in delivering high performance travel distribution solutions to the global travel industry. Our solutions enable the world’s leading travel companies to market, distribute and sell their online travel offerings in a differentiated way.

OpenJaw’s solution portfolio includes the xDistributor Integration Platform and Business Rules Engine that enables travel supplier integration, distribution channel management and dynamic packaging; xRez: a highly customisable Internet Booking Engine; xRezAgent: a sales and servicing platform for call centre agents; xLocation: a location data and hierarchy management application; xHotel: a content, mapping and inventory management system for accommodation and xEvent: a content and inventory management system for events and destination activities.

OpenJaw is a member and active participant of the OpenTravel™ Alliance.

OpenJaw Technologies is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, with regional offices in Galway and Madrid, Spain.

About Travel AS:

Travel AS is a private Norwegian company headquartered in Oslo, Norway. It was founded in 2004 by Arild Lie (chairman of the Board) and Toralf Ekelund (general manager). In the summer of 2005, Reitangruppen, the parent company of a large family owned retailer group in Norway, invested in the company, acquiring a 34% share ownership. Travel delivers Superbooking® solutions in the Scandinavian market for travel, accomodation and events. The definition of Superbooking® is that the customer can book directly against multiple suppliers in realtime through a single internet site. Registration and payment is completed on the same site. The solutions are internet based and are offered to the B2B market.

Further information on Travel’s products and services is available at

For more information, contact:
Yvonne Waldron
Director of Marketing,
OpenJaw Technologies Ltd.,
Station Mews, Lindsay Grove,
Glasnevin, Dublin 9
Tel: +353 (0)1 882 5444