The online travel agency said on a conference call with analysts Thursday that recent agreements with Amadeus, Sabre and Travelport to provide technology and travel-management services would help boost traffic to Orbitz's sites. A current agreement with Travelport that limits Orbitz's ability to work with similar systems expires at the end of 2014. Chief executive Barney Harford said the agreements would help the company boost airline ticket sales in the second half of 2014 and more robustly next year. He added that airfare sales can help Orbitz gain potential hotel patrons. "Net-net what ends up happening is you get accelerating air growth, which had really been a hindrance to topline expansion, starting in the back half of 2014," said Daniel Kurnos, an analyst with Benchmark Company. "All of that, combined with some of the technological developments they have on the hotel side and the continued strength Orbitz has had there, gave investors a much better feeling about the outlook for the company, which has been continuously out of favor and has been heavily shorted," Kurnos said. Get the full story at Reuters