ARINC’s first live test of their new common-use passenger processing system (CUPPS) at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport has gone off without a hitch.

The new CUPPS passenger check-in technology, which began operating at McCarran Airport on 15 January, is designed as a common-use system that allows multiple airlines to share the same computer systems at airport check-in desks and boarding gates.

The previous generation of common-use check-in systems – known as CUTE – lacked the detailed technical specifications to allow for the same levels interoperability and portability that CUPPS has.

Assistant director of aviation at Las Vegas McCarran Airport, Samuel Ingalls said that CUPPS was urgently needed to replace the 30-year-old CUTE technology.

“We are very pleased with the first results from our CUPPS pilot test and already seeing significant improvements in functionality as well as cost reductions,” Ingalls said.

ARINC was instrumental in the leadership and technical development of CUPPS, working with the international IATA/ATA/ACI CUPPS team to develop the CUPPS Technical Specification published in 2008.

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ARINC chairman and CEO, John Belcher said that the technology was a true breakthrough for the aviation industry.

“ARINC’s vMUSETM platform is now being enhanced to simultaneously run legacy CUTE applications, newer CUPPS applications, and other airlines native applications. This we believe will result in tremendous savings for the industry,” Belcher said.

The system will continue to be tested at Las Vegas McCarran in cooperation with Continental and American airlines. This is the first out of six pilot tests to be carried out with six airlines, six airports and six platform suppliers.

By Daniel Garrun.