Gulf Air joins IBS Software Services cargo forum

Gulf Air has joined a core group for influence forum in order to develop a next generation non-legacy based air cargo system.

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By  Laura Barnes Published  July 17, 2005

Gulf Air has joined the core group of influence forum set up by IBS Software Services to participate in the development of a next generation air cargo and logistics management system. The system, iCargo, is a new generation design using the latest web-based tools and multi tiered architecture, which will be a catalyst for change for cargo carriers within the logistics industry. IBS Software Services, a global IT company providing solutions to the travel transportation and logistics industry, has formed the group with Gulf Air, South African Airways Cargo and Air New Zealand Cargo to address the current and future requirements of the industry. “This is an exciting initiative that will help reshape the air cargo business. The core processes of the airline business, both passenger and cargo have been under the clutches of legacy systems that were developed over the last 40 years,” said V K Mathews, chairman & managing director, IBS. “We are proud that we have been able to give leadership to this change through initiatives such as iCargo and iRes, a similar initiative for a new generation passenger services system that IBS is developing in partnership with Cendant TDS.” ICargo is being developed as an integrated, multi hosting system which will comprehensively address cargo reservation, capacity control, rating, load planning, cargo terminal operations and freight forwarding requirements of cargo carrying airlines. It will be developed and released to the market in stages in order to support the entire logistics supply chain from shipper to consignee. The first market release of the system will be in December this year. “The cargo IT industry is evolving rapidly and we are delighted to be part of such an evolution. IBS’ iCargo will undoubtedly re-shape the traditional cargo IT platforms into a robust technology that introduces an end to end integration across the entire cargo chain and it is our strategy to be part of the next generation technology platforms to ensure that our cargo business grows on a sound IT foundation,” added Ali Murtada, vice president, business units, Gulf Air.

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