SITA Creates First Live Record Of Passenger Experience For Airlines

Airlines will now be able to get a lot closer to their passengers, and their likes and dislikes, thanks to an innovation called Customer Journey (CJ), from airline IT specialist SITA, which provides a “live” record of passengers’ experiences with the airline right down to seat preference, meal choice and the last time they made a complaint.

SITA is the first airline passenger management system provider to migrate from the use of a legacy passenger name record (PNR), the historical standard for data storage, to a new-generation CJ record that provides reservations agents with real-time customer data through a single open integrated database.

Francesco Violante, SITA CEO, said: “Customer loyalty has never been more prized than in today’s market, where the global economic downturn means fewer passengers. The information available through CJ includes service experience that allows the airline to ensure no repetition of any disservice. We are pleased to have delivered this on schedule as part of the expansion of our Horizon passenger management portfolio. Other innovative modules will follow.

“In the near future CJ will also provide data to support business intelligence gathering, analysis and reporting. Airlines will be able to extract information for use with revenue management and other airline systems.”

CJ is a new feature of SITA’s Horizon passenger management portfolio, which is used by 138 airlines. Several of them have already been to SITA’s demonstration facility in Atlanta to see the new system in action during beta testing.

Dato Rashid Khan, Malaysia Airlines commercial director, said: “We have never before had real-time access to airline bookings for business intelligence applications and rapid retrieval of customer journey records across multiple search criteria. We are looking forward to seeing the impact it will have on our business when we introduce it.”

CJ is an early deliverable in SITA’s next-generation passenger management programme on which it is collaborating with Oracle, the world’s largest software company. The overall objective of the programme is to migrate reservations, inventory, departure control and ticketing systems from legacy to open systems using service-orientated architecture. CJ is an example of the phased approach adopted by SITA and Oracle.

CJ will be further developed to capture additional data such as hotels, car hire, trip insurance and other travel related services. It will display all revenues attributed to the customer, which helps determine the customer’s overall value to the airline.

How CJ is better:

  • All journeys, past or future, can be managed from a single view
  • The record is always “live”
  • CJ removes the need to search a separate past-date database of records older than 120 days, which was previously the limit for stored passenger information

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