China's eLong said its net loss narrowed to 800,000 yuan in the first quarter of 2007, from a loss of 12.2 mln a year earlier, largely due to an increase in travel revenue.

eLong said travel revenue, which includes hotel and air revenue, increased by 22 pct from a year earlier to 63 mln yuan.

Revenue from air ticketing commissions increased by 50 pct, the highest rate of growth in the last three quarters. eLong said the increase was volume driven, with a 50 pct rise in air segments to 326,000. Revenue per air ticket was flat at 37 yuan.

Revenue from hotel commissions increased 16 pct due to higher room volume, as well as an increase in commission per room night. Room nights booked through eLong increased 14 pct to 756,000, while commission per room night increased 3 pct to 65 yuan.

eLong recorded an operating loss of 5.2 mln yuan, narrowing from a loss of 15.5 mln for the previous year.

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