January 28, 2004

Alaska Airlines opts for Linux booking engine

Alaska Airlines has completed the migration of its online travel planning and pricing engine to a PC-based system running the Linux operating system.

The transition away from mainframe-based systems to a Linux infrastructure represents a "major facelift for our core shopping engine" and a "huge
step" for the airline, said Steve Jarvis, Alaska Airlines' vice president of e-commerce and distribution.

The move shifts the nation's ninth-largest airline away from the system provided by Sabre Holdings to the Linux-based QPX system developed by ITA
Software.

Sabre announced a similar effort to move from IBM transaction-processing mainframes in September 2001. It said the transition would take at least
three years to complete.

Link: computerweekly.com

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