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GSA Federal Airfare Contracts Fuel $4.5B Savings in FY 08

GSA #10364

June 26, 2007
Contact:  Viki Reath, (202) 501-1231
viki.reath@gsa.gov

Washington, DC – The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has awarded one-year contracts, totaling more than $2 billion, to 14 U.S. carriers, effective Oct. 1.

“These contracts provide flexibility and choice for federal travelers while saving taxpayer dollars,” said GSA Administrator Lurita Doan. “The program's responsive approach to changing travel destinations, combined with lower fares for advance reservations in selected markets expands the governmentwide savings opportunities.”

As the premier federal procurement agency, GSA offers discount commercial airfares to federal travelers on official business, at an average 69 percent below full commercial  fares. For FY 08, the discount is expected to generate a savings of more than $4.5 billion on 5,002 domestic and international routes.

GSA awarded the contracts June 21, based on average flight time, price, service, flight distribution, number of flights, available seats, fully refundable tickets and penalty-free cancellations and schedule changes. The one-way contract fares permit agency travelers to plan multiple destinations.

GSA awarded FY08 federal airline contracts to the following carriers:

 Carrier No. of Routes  Estimated Value 
 United Airlines  1,343  $ 661,068,454
 American Airlines  1,176  $ 389,650,698
 Delta Airlines  931  $ 370,537,930
 US Airways  750  $ 314,657, 079
 Northwest Airlines  363  $ 35,832,050
 Alaska Airlines  134  $ 54,503,686
 AirTran Airways  118  $ 36,520,254
 Midwest Airlines  62  $ 4,130,321
 JetBlue Airlines  62  $ 2,878,160
 Express Jet  27  $ 8,765,958
 Frontier Airlines  21  $ 17, 388,897
 Mesa Airlines dba go!  9  $ 2,544,183
 ATA  4  $ 756,486
 North American Airlines  2  $ 223,205
 Total  5,002  $ 2,019,457,358

The FY08 GSA City Pair airline fares will be posted July 31, 2007 on gsa.gov.

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Founded in 1949, GSA serves as a centralized procurement and property management agency for the federal government.  GSA manages more than one-fourth of the government’s total procurement dollars and influences the management of $500 billion in federal assets, including 8,300 government-owned or leased buildings and 205,000 vehicles.  GSA helps preserve our past and define our future, as a steward of more than 420 historic properties, and as manager of USA.gov, the official portal to federal government information and services. GSA’s mission to provide superior workplaces, expert technology solutions, acquisition services, purchasing and E-Gov travel solutions and management policies, at best value, allows federal agencies to focus on their core missions.

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