By Times staff
© St. Petersburg Times, published February 25, 2001
Web site launch delayed
Orbitz, an airline-sponsored Web site that planned to start selling tickets last fall on behalf of more than two dozen airlines, says it is delaying its full launch until June.
The site, based in Chicago, said it wanted to ensure a stronger launch and increase consumer confidence. Orbitz has drawn criticism from travel agent groups that charge it with trying to drive agents out of business, and both the Justice Department and Transportation Department are investigating the site, which has the backing of United, Delta, Northwest, Continental and American airlines.
The site is http://www.orbitz.com. It plans to begin taking bookings this month but won't launch officially until June.
This is a shopping trip
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