The growing importance of computerized systems for the major airlines is discussed. Hardware, memories, software programs, terminals and communication links are continually improved on almost a daily basis. There is also a growing demand for small, relatively inexpensive mini computers and microprocessors that can do as much today as the older systems could yesterday. Based on a survey of airline computer users, the airline industry plans to double its investment in both hardware and software over the next five years. Although most airlines anticipate further speeds when buying expensive computers, the survey showed that nearly half of the airlines who have passenger reservation systems leased the service from other carriers. In reservations, there has been a steady progression from the early systems to today's fleetwide systems which give agents and travel agencies all over the world instant access to a central computer for schedule and rate information, flight reservations and interline connections, and which also print tickets automatically. It is noted that there also has been rapid progress in cargo systems, flight operations, maintenance, inventory, personnel management, and payroll. Looking to the future, a number of trends emerge that include the further growth of integrated data banks; broader use of data; travel without tickets; real-time checking; real-time air-to-ground data link; distributed processing; and growth of networks.

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    Reinhold Publishing Company, Incorporated

    600 Summer Street
    Stamford, CT  United States  06904
  • Authors:
    • LEFER, H
  • Publication Date: 1978-4

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  • Pagination: p. 20-39
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00176737
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Air Transport World
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 19 1978 12:00AM