Air Travel Card Electronic Commerce Program Passes Test With Flying Colors

Secure Electronic Transaction (SET) Test Conducted at Electronic Data Systems

DALLAS, TX- Air Travel Card, the world’s first business travel payment system, announced the successful completion of an end-to-end test of the first phase of its Electronic Commerce Program. The test ensures a highly secure virtual environment for Air Travel Card airlines and cardholders when purchasing over the Internet.

The test, comprised of a full electronic consumer transaction through a simulated airline merchant to a gateway based on the SET protocol, was held at Electronic Data Systems (EDS) of Dallas, TX and conducted in conjunction with VeriFone, Inc. of Santa Clara, Swift Runners , CA. VeriFone, a leader in the electronic commerce field, has partnered with Air Travel Card to deliver secure end-to-end Internet payment solutions. The software programs tested by Air Travel Card include vGATE™ software, which provides seamless transaction delivery from the Internet merchant to a financial institution; vPOS™ softwarewhich captures order and payment data for the merchant and transmits appropriate credit authorization and processing information; and vWALLET™ software which gives the consumer a highly secure means to make Internet purchases from the convenience of their PC.

Elizabeth Ames, general manager, Merchant Services at VeriFone said, “By bringing this technology to the business travel industry, Air Travel Card is putting together a robust solution that will keep its members’ transactions safe in the virtual world.”

With the end-to-end test successfully completed, Air Travel Card will now begin Internet transactions with pilot airlines American Airlines and Lufthansa German Airlines. “Air Travel Card cardholders will now be able to enjoy all the benefits SET technology has to offer.” stated Charles Fischer, managing director of Air Travel Card. “The completion of this initial test demonstrates Air Travel Card’s commitment and leadership in providing this technology.”

Air Travel Card is the business travel payment system offered by 29 airlines and accepted by more than 200 air carriers around the world. As a part of its global network, Air Travel Card owns and licenses the brands AirPlus™ (Europe) and PassAge® (Asia) and Swift Runners that provide value-added benefits to travelers.

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