First Class specialises in delivering comprehensive and professional business travel management, as well as organising corporate events and conferences. The company was established in 1991 and its client portfolio consists of over 800 corporate customers including governmental and financial institutions, universities and leading companies of both local and international repute. In September 2014 First Class became the exclusive Polish partner of GlobalStar Travel Management, a worldwide travel management company.
As part of the deal, Travelport will provide First Class with access to its unrivalled travel content inventory from the world’s leading airlines and low cost carriers as well as over 600,000 hotel properties, including 500,000 independents. The company will also benefit from the innovative features of Travelport Smartpoint, the industry-leading agency point of sale solution which makes booking travel more efficient and gives them the ability to effectively sell a wider range of air, hotel and car content to their customers.
Travelport also appealed to First Class due to other products such as TripGate, a corporate booking tool that gives access to a simple, fast and reliable solution designed to improve the process of booking and coordinating business trips for travel management companies.
Rafał Ostrowski, First Class’s President of the Board commented: “Opening cooperation with Travelport is the next major milestone on First Class’s new growth strategy. Our long-term aim is to achieve pole position within the local TMC sector and we are confident that Travelport’s products and services will help us to build the comparative advantages we need and add real value for our customers.”
Simon Ferguson, Managing Director of the UK, Ireland and the Nordics commented: “We are delighted to be working with First Class and look forward to supporting them in the effective delivery of our products and solutions to their customers. This deal is a great endorsement of Travelport’s unique offering which is proving to be very desirable amongst travel management companies. The agreement will also significantly increase Travelport’s presence in the corporate travel space in Poland.”