BA Transfers Passenger Management Systems To Amadeus.

British Airways` passenger management systems have been successfully transferred from Heathrow, London, to the Amadeus Data Processing Centre in Erding, Germany.

The move is part of the strategic partnership between the airline and Amadeus, announced in August 2000. Under the deal, Amadeus takes over the management of many of British Airways` commercial and operational systems in London and transfers them to its data centre at Erding near Munich, Germany.

The transfer of the data systems took place in the early hours of 21 October and 4 November and involved shutting down a number of key systems for up to three hours. These included the Departure Control System used at check-in and the reservation system BABS (British Airways Business System).

The transfer was seamless and took place without incident. The first major stage of the project to transfer the operation of British Airways` passenger management systems to Amadeus took place in June this year when the carrier successfully migrated its Fare Quote system to Amadeus Fares. The next stage, scheduled for early 2002, will see the main migration of all bookings, reservations and ticketing from BABS to the Amadeus internal sales and reservation management system. The overall project also includes the development of a new generation of world-class airline systems for departure control, inventory and related information systems in partnership with British Airways and Qantas.