Travelport GDS said all new airline contracts will cover participation in Galileo, Apollo and Worldspan.

The company also confirmed that it has moved to a "home and away" pricing system for airline bookings that "more closely aligns with the greater value we provide in reaching a global customer base."

The pricing structure, which appears to be reminiscent of the "value-based" structure introduced by Amadeus at the beginning of 2004, sets lower fees for bookings made within a carrier's home market and higher fees for bookings made outside its prime market.

Travelport said the home-and-away structure was incorporated into most of the long-term airline agreements signed in the second half of 2006, and is now the standard pricing for all new contracts worldwide.

The new pricing scheme and the consolidation of Galileo and Worldspan contracts, first reported in The Beat, a business travel newsletter, came as Travelport reported its fourth-quarter and full-year 2007 results.

The company reported a net loss of $436 million for the full year on revenues of $2.78 billion.

Comparisons to the previous year are difficult because of Travelport's reduction of its stake in Orbitz Worldwide to 48% on Oct. 31 and its acquisition of Worldspan on Aug. 21.

The company said GDS net revenue increased $256 million, or 17%, including $220 million of incremental revenue from the Worldspan system. Booking fee revenue increased $38 million, or 6%, in the EMEA region, primarily due to a 6% increase in yield. The yield growth in EMEA was driven by the change in the mix of pricing components and by a change in the geographic mix.

Asia Pacific booking fee revenue increased $31 million, or 14%, due to a 9% increase in segments and a 4% increase in yield.

Americas booking fee revenue decreased $24 million, or 6%, due to a 7% decrease in yield offset by a 2% increase in segments.

The yield decline in the Americas was primarily due to the new long-term agreements signed with airlines in the third quarter 2006 that guarantee full content.

Subscriber fees decreased $21 million, or 24%.

IT services and software net revenue increased $4 million, primarily related to the hosting agreement with United Airlines. (United plans to migrate to the Amadeus Altéa platform, ending its long relationship with the Apollo platform, but that may be some years off.)

Worldspan experienced a 22% drop in booked segments in 2007, due almost entirely to the "loss of Expedia's U.S. airline business," according to Jeff Clarke, president and chief executive officer of Travelport.

"Worldspan will continue to be a drag on our earnings [comparisons] until the third quarter," he said.

But, he added, "we fully expect to achieve positive results from the Worldspan integration."

In addition, the company's relationship with Expedia is being "repaired." Under a new agreement, it is processing some Expedia bookings in Germany and Italy and will add bookings from other markets later this year, Clarke said.