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South African Airways Implements IBS’ Staff Travel Solution

Trivandrum, India, 06 June 2006: IBS Software Services, a leading provider of software solutions to the travel, transportation and logistics industries, has announced the successful implementation of iFly, (the IBS product for managing staff travel requirements of airlines) for South African Airways (SAA). SAA is the second customer for IBS’ iFly, the first being Air New Zealand.

Travel concessions are one of the most sought after benefits for airline staff. iFly is a web-based solution built on new generation technologies that automates the airline staff travel process. iFly facilitates a self-serviced environment for staff to use concessions and make bookings directly through its comprehensive booking module. The rules manager module of iFly helps staff travel administrators to define and maintain staff travel policies and rules centrally.

According to Mike Re – CIO, South African Airways, "Selection of the right staff travel management system was an essential criteria given SAA’s restructuring of its core IT systems. iFly was a perfect functional and technical fit for our requirements. The IBS team worked in perfect harmony with our IT team ensuring a smooth transition to the new system, conforming to the tight deadlines. The implementation of this new system has generated a steady increase in the number of staff bookings with a much more simplified and manageable solution now being available for use."

V K Mathews, Chairman and Managing Director - IBS Group said, "Staff travel is an area where there is a huge potential for saving, especially in terms of productive work hours of employees. We are extremely pleased that SAA selected iFly for their staff travel requirements. The generic nature of the product helped us quicken our pace for customization during implementation. This being the very first year of iFly’s conceptualization, we are indeed satisfied with the market acceptance of our product and are committed to introducing resourceful initiatives for the TTL industry."

iFly will allow the SAA staff to utilize their travel concessions and create bookings directly on the Amadeus reservation system. This would reduce the time spent on arranging staff travel and lower the workload of the staff travel department. The application is accessible through internet links, staff kiosks or through own office terminals.

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