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Travelport has struck an agreement with Japanese global distribution system
(GDS) AXESS International Network that will see JAL-owned AXESS hosted by
Travelport's Atlanta data centre as a partition of the Travelport GDS.
The new upgraded AXESS GDS system will be implemented by
2013. Travelport says the AXESS GDS system "will be enhanced with
improved connectivity to airlines and a significant increase in the range
of fares, shopping, hotel and car rental capabilities available for use by
Japanese travel agencies and corporations."
When fully implemented, the agreement will also allow for AXESS
bookings to be retrieved and modified worldwide by any travel agent
using a Travelport GDS terminal, enhancing customer service for
Japanese travellers, says Travelport.
Ms Nakano, CEO of AXESS International Network, said: "We are
honoured to enter into this partnership with Travelport and feel very
TRAVELPORT IN JAPANESE GDS DEAL
Chinese travel technology provider TravelSky has renewed its
services and technology relationship with Unisys China to further
its cloud computing strategy. As a result, TravelSky will implement
release 2.1 of the Unisys Secure Private Cloud Solution
The Unisys cloud solution will help TravelSky meet demand
spikes in its transaction loads driven by China's growing aviation
sector. TravelSky operates the reservations and departure control
systems used by China's air carriers, and also maintains the global
distribution system for China's travel agencies.
The three-year renewal, signed in December 2011, covers the
second phase of a private cloud computing strategy that began in
2010. The contract includes software, services, and provisioning
and maintenance for four Unisys ES7000 Model 7600R G3
TravelSky vice president Rong Gang said: "We have used
the Unisys private cloud management software in our test and
development environment to gain the flexible operational benefits
of cloud computing within the security of our own data centre. Now
we are ready to apply it to a core production system. The Unisys
solution provides highly automated operations and self-service
provisioning of IT resources as needed so that we can quickly meet
fluctuating business demand."
"TravelSky's business involves many critical processes spanning
the passenger, cargo, airline and airport aviation business, so they
need a highly secure, scalable, and flexible IT infrastructure to meet
changing demands in logistics, passenger services and other core
applications," said Sue Carter, vice president, technology consulting
and integration solutions, Unisys Asia Pacific. "The Unisys Secure
Private Cloud Solution supports this by delivering the same attributes
as a public cloud except from within TravelSky's own data centre,
providing cost-efficient access to 'just in time' resources that can be
shared among user communities in a common infrastructure model
but remain secure and isolated from each other."
TRAVELSKY GOES FOR UNISYS
confident that it will enable us to expand our Japanese GDS
business further. This agreement is very much aligned to our overall
strategic ambitions and our ongoing commitment to remain the
most innovative GDS in Japan. With the benefit of Travelport's
leading-edge technology, AXESS will continue to enhance its GDS
business model to suit the local needs of the Japanese market."
Gordon Wilson, president and CEO of Travelport, added: "The
relationship forged between Travelport and AXESS is designed
around putting the Japanese customer first and delivering Japanese
solutions for his or her needs while harnessing the best that a fully
global system can bring to the table. We are truly thrilled to be
given this opportunity to work in such close co-operation with the
leading player in the large and resurgent Japanese travel industry."
Ms Nakano, CEO of AXESS International Network and Gordon Wilson, president and C EO of Travelport, shake on the deal
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