Airline reservations systems and IT providers are hustling to bring everything from PCI compliance to printing at the airport into the cloud and, along those lines, HP Enterprise Services introduced HP Converged Cloud Services for Airlines.
It was seven or eight years in the making, but Google’s ITA Software now has its Passenger Service System in production with an airline, albeit a relatively small one, regional carrier Cape Air.
Will American Airlines’ proposed Jetstream reservations system be a casualty of its bankruptcy filing and will the prime vendor, HP, a $30.8 million creditor in the proceeding, take the brunt of the hit?
Long term IT contracts were once the norm around the travel industry – but with the rapid change of IT structure occurring today, especially with the evolution of Big Data, this is beginning to change.
HP downsized a contingent of contractors working on its Agilaire Passenger Service Solution and American Airlines’ Jetstream projects, according to sources.
As Google and ITA Software work to close their deal, now that the U.S. Department of Justice has conditionally approved the merger, ITA continues to work on new products behind closed doors and is quietly telling its customers that “the mission remains the same; it’s business as usual.”
American Airlines struck a deal to use ITA Software’s Inventory Control solution as part of the passenger service system, Jetstream, that HP is building for the airline.