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November 10, 1988


By CBR Staff Writer

Unisys Corp has also come out with a major new release of its USAS package for airlines and others in the travel industry – and it regards it as such an advance that it is calling it the first release of USAS 2000. Available now, the USAS 2000 software is claimed to offer improved control over schedules, fares, reservations and inventory, including multiple classes of service, control by market and passenger profiles, as well as full connectivity with regional distribution systems. When implemented as a travel distribution system, USAS 2000 provides both airlines and travel agents, tourist ministries and businesses expanding into the travel service arna – direct, on line access to worldwide travel product providers, Unisys claims – suggesting that an agent in the Far East can receive immediate confirmation from an airline or hotel in Europe or the US. On a worldwide basis, airline management is currently re-evaluating and upgrading systems to link with regional distribution systems such as the emerging Amadeus, Abacus and Galileo systems, Unisys reckons, claiming that the USAS 2000 system is the most modern system of its kind – unlike rival systems, in which, it reckons, the underlying software is almost 30 years old and will require extensive reprogramming to respond to industry changes, such as airport and airline coding systems. The USAS 2000 system evolved from the company’s flagship USAS reservation system and of course runs on the Unisys family of 1100 and 2200 Series OS1100 mainframe systems, including the new 2200/600, which provides airlines with the power to integrate up to 16 of its largest mainframe computers seamlessly, Unisys declares. The new USAS product is vital to Unisys’ future in the airline market, where it has a near-50% share but has been losing ground to IBM in the last year or two.

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