July 16, 2001

Korean Air flies with Linux on the IBM eServer

Author: JT Smith

Korean Air, Korea's national flagship
airline, and IBM
today announced that Korean Air has completed the first phase of
developing its
core business applications running on Linux for the IBM eServer.

Korean Air's Flight Schedule Inquiry System and the Daily Revenue
Accounting
System employ Linux on IBM hardware and software.

The inquiry system provides flight crew members with on-line real-time
flight
schedule information, which they can update anytime. More than 3,000
Korean Air
pilots and flight attendants are currently using the system.

"We decided to deploy our flight scheduling systems on Linux because we
were
able to consolidate workloads that had been running on a variety of
different
servers, said . Yong-Seung Hwang, CIO of Korean Air. "We are confident
that by
working with IBM's mainframe running Linux, we will not only save
money, but we
will drastically improve the performance of our systems."

Korean Air deployed the Internet-and Intranet-based Flight Schedule
Inquiry
System on Linux, running on an IBM eServer z900, taking advantage of
the IBM's
large server's high scalability, availability and reliability. A
single IBM
server running Linux can do the work of an entire server farm.
Multiple copies
of Linux can run side-by-side on a server, allowing for highly scalable
and
manageable environments that can handle unpredictable spikes in
Internet
activity.

"IBM has long been the IT partner of Korean Air," said Myung-Joong Kim,
project
manager of the Korean Air Linux deployment for IBM Korea. "Korean Air's
decision
to deploy Linux resulted from its decade-long expertise and know-how of
IT
management. We're very excited to partner with Korean Air for the
Linux project, which will be one of the leading Linux references in the service
industry
worldwide."

Korean Air has been developing its Daily Revenue Accounting System
since
February using IBM's powerful, easy-to-use WebSphere Studio and Visual
Age for
Java development tools for deployment on IBM's highly-scalable DB2
database
software and WebSphere application server for Linux. The addition of
this
application using IBM middleware will widen the scope of Linux adoption
for the
accounting system, phase by phase. Korean Air plans to allow system
access to
all of its global business partners who sell Korean Air flight tickets
and other
services on the Web.

For the overall Linux system management and connectivity with
heterogeneous
platforms, Korean Air plans to employ Tivoli's system management
solution and
WebSphere MQ. Korean Air will integrate the Linux system with its
Service Level
Management System, which is an in-house system service monitoring
solution, to
enhance availability and reliability of the Linux system. IBM Global
Services
will manage operations of the Linux system running on the IBM eServer
z900.

About Korean Air
Founded in 1969, Korean Air now has an extensive route structure
serving 77
cities in 29 countries with a fleet of 111 aircraft. In 2000, the
airline
received 17 state-of-the-art aircraft. The airline's highly praised
in-flight
service is attributed to the excellent quality of its cabin crew
recognized
worldwide for their friendly service and professionalism. For detailed
information on Korean Air, visit http://www.koreanair.com/.

About IBM
IBM is the world's number one server company and information technology
provider, with 80 years of leadership in helping businesses innovate.
IBM helps
customers, business partners and developers in a wide range of
industries that
leverage the power of the Internet for e-business. For more
information, visit
http://www.ibm.com.

IBM news releases and fact sheets are available at http://www.ibm.com.
For more
information about IBM enterprise servers, go to
http://www1.ibm.com/servers/eserver/zseries/.

The IBM eServer brand consists of the established IBM e-business logo
with the
following descriptive term "server" following it.

The following are either trademarks or registered of International
Business
Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both:
IBM, the
IBM e-business logo, zSeries, z900 and WebSphere.

Linux is registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.

All others are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective
companies.

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