The city-based IBS Software has signed a 10-year, multi-million dollar contract with Turkish Cargo, a cargo division of Turkish Airlines.

The contract is for implementation of iCargo, the flagship product from this leading player in the travel, transport and logistics sector.

The deal was announced in Istanbul, said Sankalp Saxena, President and Head of Aviation Operations Services, IBS Software Services.

iCargo features

iCargo supports the requirement of airlines’ freight business providing Web-enabled features that optimise operations, enhance profitability and provide scalability.

It also helps manage the increasing volumes of cargo movement requirement of freighters, ground handling agents as well as airports.

Replacing legacy

iCargo will power Turkish airline’s air cargo movement worldwide and replace the existing home-grown legacy system.

Turkish Airlines is one of the fastest-growing airlines in the world, with a 39 per cent growth in air cargo FTK (freight tonne kilometer). This compares well with an average of three per cent growth for other European airlines.

Single solution

Under the deal, the airline sales/inventory, terminal operations/handling, ULD (unit load devices) management and revenue accounting systems will be integrated into a single solution.

The single application suite will improve access to real-time information and actionable intelligence for users at all levels across all global locations.

This will ensure stronger decision-making capabilities and improve the utilisation of perishable assets leading to enhanced revenue generation and operational efficiency.

Cargo logistics

Over 20 global airlines have opted for iCargo to manage their mission critical cargo logistics. They include All Nippon Airways, British Airways, Qantas, South African Airways, Lufthansa Cargo and Nippon Cargo Airlines.

iCargo will replace the TACTIC system holding the mainframe substructure in use for the last 20 years, Temel Kotil, President and Chief Executive Officer, Turkish Airlines.

Coming close on the heels of the Lufthansa deal, this is another significant step for IBS, said Sankalp Saxena.

vinson.kurian@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on February 27, 2013)
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