Airlines extend hosted application contracts

Cathay Pacific Friday announced a multimillion-dollar, three-year contract with Unisys to host core business applications, with an option for a two-year extension.

Unisys will host the airline passenger reservations, departure control and cargo management systems, middleware application management and the eventual migration from legacy communications to the Unisys Online Message Switching Engine.

Unisys has managed the passenger reservations, departure control and cargo management systems as a sub-contractor for nine years; however, the new scope of the contract includes middleware application management and communications upgrades.

The reservation, departure control and cargo platforms will be re-located to the Unisys data center west of Sydney.

Unisys Australia/New Zealand managing director Mike Ettling said the company had worked with the airline as a subcontractor, but the new deal extends to managing the full data center, as well as IT service provision, adding that the contract was built to change over time.

Cathay Pacific information management general manager Anthony Yeung said a key requirement was high availability of critical systems and flexibility for demand fluctuations as well as a low-risk migration plan away from legacy systems.