Air China will be the first Chinese carrier to switch to the Unisys cargo system, delivered as a software-as-a-service model by TravelSky
BLUE BELL, Pa., May 13, 2013 – Unisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS) today announced that TravelSky, the leading provider of information technology solutions for China’s air travel and tourism industry, has selected the Unisys air cargo and logistics management solutions to offer as hosted services to China’s airlines.
Under the contract, Unisys is licensing its Logistics Management System (LMS), In-transit Service Manager (ISM) and Cargo Portal Services (CPS) to TravelSky and will also provide implementation and customization services.
InfoSky, a wholly-owned division of TravelSky, will operate the services and provide them as software-as-a-service (SaaS) to Chinese airlines in a Unisys secure private cloud environment hosted in Beijing.
Mr Li, Aiguo, General Manager of InfoSky, said: “TravelSky has worked successfully with Unisys for many years to provide the robust and secure technology infrastructure required to support the passenger services used by China’s aviation industry. This agreement extends our successful collaboration to cargo, and means we can deliver industry-leading technology services to the cargo businesses of Chinese airlines.”
Air China, China’s flag carrier, is the first TravelSky client airline to sign up for the new cargo services. Air China, which operates air freight services to 36 cities in 27 countries around the world, expects to transition from its current cargo enterprise system to the hosted LMS in less than six months. Air China will also use the Unisys ISM service, which provides proactive shipment management and Cargo 2000 services.
InfoSky plans to develop an air cargo portal based on the widely used Unisys Cargo Portal Services platform. The InfoSky and CPS portals will interconnect so that users of one will be able to work with carriers using the other.
“We are delighted to expand the range of services offered to TravelSky and its subsidiaries to include our cargo and logistics management solutions,” said Olivier Houri, president of global transportation for Unisys. “We see great appetite for advanced cargo services in China – the Asia Pacific region is the largest air freight market globally1 and China’s domestic air cargo market is the second largest in the world2.
“In choosing the hosted LMS services from InfoSky, Air China joins a powerful community of airlines, in Asia Pacific and globally, that are using the Unisys cloud-based services. Because they need not install any software or hardware, using the hosted service means our clients can benefit from services more quickly and ensure they will always have the latest functionality,” Mr Houri said.
Unisys cloud-based cargo solutions are used by many of the world’s leading cargo carriers who collaborate via the Unisys Cargo User Group (UCUG). This group of clients works closely with Unisys to discuss industry issues and to identify and prioritize enhancements and upgrades to the Unisys services. Unisys and UCUG members have worked with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) for more than 15 years on initiatives such as e-Freight and Cargo 2000, and with customs and security agencies to help carriers advance industry initiatives and ensure compliance with constantly-changing regulations and best practice.
TravelSky has been a Unisys client for more than 30 years, using a wide range of solutions including the Unisys Secure Private Cloud, Unisys USAS Passenger Services Solution, Unisys AirCore and Unisys ClearPath enterprise servers.
Unisys has more than 45 years experience providing advanced, mission-critical IT solutions to the aviation industry. Fifteen of the top 25 airlines – and more than 200 worldwide – rely on Unisys solutions. Unisys cargo solutions are used by carriers that move more than 25 percent of the world’s air freight. Asia Pacific aviation industry clients include Air New Zealand, Air India, Cathay Pacific, All Nippon Airways (ANA), Qantas and Vietnam Airlines, as well as Beijing Capital International Airport, Guangzhou International Baiyun Airport and Chengdu Airport in China, and Delhi International Airport Ltd in India.
Note to Editors
1Airports Council International (ACI) – regional total freight figures for February 2013.2Boeing World Air Cargo Forecast 2012-2013, page 55.
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