ANA signs for IBS iCargo

Trivandrum, India, 21 Nov 2007: IBS Software Services, a leading global provider of newgeneration IT solutions to the Travel, Transportation and Logistics industry has inked a multimillion 5 year deal with All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd (ANA) to provide iCargo, an integrated end-toend supply chain management engine, for their cargo business. IBS’ new-generation Cargo Management System (CMS) – iCargo - will address the current and future business requirements of ANA’s entire air freight operation which has grown in revenue and load by over 20% in the last fiscal. ANA is one among the top 30 of the world’s air freight carriers based on Freight TonneKilometres, operating in the 3rd largest market economy in the world. Built on the latest technology, iCargo provides enhanced web-enabled features that offer better product distribution. The system is an integrated solution that supports all the requirements of an airline’s cargo/freight business, is robust, flexible and scalable to support the growing business needs of an airline while reducing cost of ownership and operation of the system. On the occasion, Mr. Toru Sato, Senior Vice President Information Technology Services ANA said “Our decision to choose iCargo was prompted by our need for a system that would help us address the rapidly growing air cargo business around the world. We believe that iCargo, with its advanced functionality and adherence to industry best practices will help us improve service quality, enhance profitability by optimizing capacity utilization and conform to the future requirements of the industry”.

“This is a landmark deal for IBS, with ANA Cargo being our second major customer in Japan.” said V K Mathews, Chairman & Managing Director, IBS. “This clearly indicates that iCargo is gaining market acceptance and is the system of the future that can help our customers remain competitive in a dynamic market. This also signifies the beginning of a trend towards adopting new-generation IT systems to replace decades old legacy systems” “Innovation is what differentiates iCargo from others. The system helps airlines regain control of their cargo business." he added.

About iCargo

iCargo is one product in the IBS Cargo suite of products. It is an integrated, system which comprehensively addresses cargo reservations, capacity control, rating, load planning, cargo terminal operations, Ground Handling, Revenue Accounting and Yield Management requirements of cargo carrying airlines. iCargo has evolved as a new-generation full-fledged cargo and logistics management system, supporting the entire logistics supply chain from shipper to consignee, via the world-wide-web.

The value proposition of iCargo is that it helps airlines and ground handlers enhance cargo business profitability, accommodate changing customer service demands and respond quickly and effectively to changing market conditions and business situations, leveraging new-generation technologies, while reducing their total cost of spend on IT support and infrastructure, iCargo is envisioned to be the leading cargo and logistics management system for the air transportation industry, comprehensively and seamlessly addressing the requirements of all agencies in the logistics chain, using state-of-the art technologies. The product design supports innovative business models and enables operators to respond efficiently to changing customer needs. The product is an inevitable and viable migration option for airlines, from the current legacy systems.

About ANA

All Nippon Airways Company, Limited or ANA is an airline headquartered in Tokyo, Japan and is the country's second-largest domestic and international airline. It operates services to 49 destinations in Japan and on 22 international routes, employing over 22,000 staff worldwide. Domestically, ANA offers 917 daily flights on 139 routes, while internationally it offers 362 weekly flights to 28 destinations. ANA operates a fleet of over 175 aircraft that includes both combi and freighter aircraft.

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