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Shandong Airlines Launches UATP Program

QINGDAO, China, Aug. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Shandong Airlines, (Jinan), announced today the launch of its UATP-based corporate travel program, offering corporations Shandong Airline's UATP accounts for corporate travel spend.

"To meet customer demand and grow our corporate market share, we chose to become a UATP Issuer.  With the UATP Network we will be able to offer our corporate clients the most comprehensive data in the industry to support their global travel needs," said Ms. Ma Xiaoli, General Manager of Marketing & Sales Committee of Shandong Airlines. She continued, "Offering first rate customer service is our goal and UATP will help us to continue that.  We look forward to expanding our corporate market share through issuing our new Shandong Airlines' UATP accounts; it will be a prosperous venture for us all."   

"UATP is pleased to launch a program in China with such prestigious companies as Shandong Airlines and YeePay," Ralph Kaiser, president and CEO, UATP said. "UATP has grown rapidly throughout China and with our strong network globally, Shandong Airlines will be able to reach its growth goals in its corporate program.  We look forward to helping Shandong successfully expand its program."

Shandong Airlines will utilize YeePay's e-payment service solutions to complete the payment solution, offering Shandong Airlines account holders state-of-the-art air travel activity reporting.  

"As a strategic partner of Shandong Airlines, YeePay will provide comprehensive solutions for Shandong Airlines account holders.  The offering will enable companies of all sizes to hold Shandong UATP accounts; the detailed program data offers the travel management solutions desired by Shandong's corporate clients," said Mr. Tang Bin, Chief Executive Officer of YeePay.  "Shandong Airlines will have a competitive advantage in the market and grow market share through the program; we are pleased to be a part of the strategic plans and see the success of the program."

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About UATP

UATP accounts are accepted as a form of payment for corporate business travel worldwide by airlines, travel agencies and Amtrak®. UATP accounts are issued by: Air New Zealand (ANZFF.PK); American Airlines (NYSE: AMR); Austrian Airlines (AUALF.PK); China Eastern Airlines Co., Ltd; Continental Airlines (NYSE: CAL); Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL); EL AL Israel Airlines Ltd; GOL Linhas aereas inteligentes S.A. (NYSE: GOL); Japan Airlines (JALSY.PK); Qantas Airways, Ltd. (QUBSF.PK); United Airlines (Nasdaq: UAL); and US Airways (NYSE: LCC).

AirPlus International issues the UATP-based Company Account for: British Airways (LSE: BAY.L); Continental Airlines (NYSE: CAL); and Lufthansa German Airlines.

About Shandong Airlines

Shandong Airlines Group Co. Ltd. (SDA) has always had an outstanding reputation in Shandong area, and is a limited-liability air transportation corporation first formed in conjunction by ten large shareholders, including Air China and Shandong Economic Development Investment Co. On March 12, 1994, SDA was founded with the approval of Civil Aviation Administration of China and Shandong Party Committee and Government with its headquarters in Jinan.

Based on the relations of equity, SDA controls the assets in its subsidiary companies, including Shandong Airlines Co. Ltd., Taikoo (Shandong) Aircraft Engineering Co., Ltd., Shandong International Aviation Training Co. Ltd, Shandong Airlines Rainbow Executive Aircraft Co. Ltd., Shandong Airlines Xiangyu Technology Service Co. Ltd, Shandong Rainbow Aviation Advertising Co. Ltd. and Red Crowned Crane Hotel. The operation model has a primary focus in transportation with several pillars in aviation, maintenance, hospitality services, and advertising.

About YeePay

YeePay is a leading e-payment service provider in China, with a mission to provide better e-payment solutions and value-added financial services through technology and innovation. Headquartered in Beijing, China, YeePay also has branch offices in Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu and Hohhot. As the first company in China to provide a single platform integrating both online and offline electronic payments, YeePay's innovative solutions enable consumers and businesses to make and receive payments over the Internet, mobile and telephone securely, conveniently and cost effectively. YeePay has formed strategic partnerships with major banks in China. YeePay's customers include leading internet companies and ecommerce websites as well as many merchants in traditional industries, such as Baidu, TOM Online, Shanda, KingSoft, DangDang, eLong, GoMe Electronics and China Unicom. YeePay was recognized as the "Best Payment Platform" by the China eCommerce Association and one of the "China Internet 100 Companies/Top 50 Innovators" by the China Internet Society.

UATP Corporate Communications
Wendy Ward,
+1 202 626 4077

SOURCE Universal Air Travel Plan, Inc. (UATP)

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