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OAG Cargo Solutions and IBS Software Announce Strategic Alliance

Dépèche transmise le 12 mai 2009 par PRNewswire

MUNICH, Germany, May 12 /PRNewswire/ -- OAG Cargo Solutions (), a leading data and online information services business for the global airfreight industry and part of UBM Aviation, announced today it has signed an agreement with IBS Software Services () to develop its next generation Air Freight Rates application, AFRA-2. IBS, a specialist in the aviation technology domain, will deliver a completely new application that will significantly enhance the way airlines, GSA's and freight forwarders interact on the distribution, management and selection of real-time airfreight rates.

AFRA is an online, real-time rate distribution and management application. It enables airlines to distribute their rates electronically and forwarders to manage air freight rates and optimize the selection of carriers.

The new application will use new-generation technology, incorporating several vital functionalities to transform the way airlines upload, manage and distribute their rates. Once re-engineered by IBS, AFRA-2 will deliver improved overall performance in a reliable and fully web-enabled environment. It will use modular three-tier architecture for increased security, and provide an intuitive and flexible application which is scalable. Most importantly for users, the technology will capture and process the data much more efficiently which will ensure that AFRA delivers a fast, accurate and totally reliable air freight rates service to airlines, freight forwarders and integrators alike.

The announcement was made at the Air Cargo Europe Exhibition & Conference in Munich.

Mike Navin, Managing Director, OAG Cargo Solutions said: "We are pleased to be working with IBS Software Services. We are on target to release a preview version to the market in September and eagerly await delivery of the first phase of the development. Simplifying some of the functionality and streamlining certain features will ensure AFRA-2 delivers a better user experience based on a completely new interface and enhanced product features. We have listened to our customers and have already received interest from companies wishing to white label AFRA-2 as a full-service option for their own clients."

Peter Cefai, President & Head, Global Business Operations, IBS Group said: "We are very excited to enter into this alliance with OAG and view this relationship as a strategically important one. OAG is a well respected brand globally in the travel industry and having them as a client is yet another feather in IBS's cap. This further underscores IBS's credentials as one of the fastest growing providers of solutions to the travel, transportation and logistics industry."

Malvinder Singh, CIO, UBM Aviation, added: "We were impressed by the level of domain experience and technology expertise offered by IBS. Their proven background in delivering high-tech solutions is an excellent fit with OAG's renowned aviation data business. We are looking forward to a mutually beneficial partnership."

OAG Cargo is exhibiting at Air Cargo Europe 2009, booth number 309, exhibition hall A4.

About OAG Cargo Solutions ()

OAG Cargo Solutions provides an expanding portfolio of innovative products and services to the global air cargo community. Its air freight community portal OAGcargo.com includes tools for routing and shipment planning, dangerous goods regulations, a real-time air freight rates database, air and road schedule data, tracking and analysis solutions and multi-media cargo schedule products. Its renowned Inforwarding service has more than 26,000 registered freight forwarding and airline users in 26 markets worldwide. It is part of UBM Aviation (), a global data and information business serving the passenger aviation, air cargo logistics, maintenance repair & overhaul (MRO) and business travel communities with information products, market intelligence, news and events.

About IBS ()

The IBS Group (IBS) is a leading global provider of new-generation IT solutions to the Travel, Transportation and Logistics (TTL) industry. A specialist in the domain, IBS offers a range of products and services that manage mission-critical operations of major airlines, airports, oil and gas companies, seaports, cruise lines and tour operators world-wide. IBS is SEI CMMI Level-5 and PCMM Level 5 assessed, ISO 9001:2008, TickIT and ISO 27001:2005 certified. The group has software development centres in Atlanta, Bangalore, Boston, Cochin, London, Tokyo and Trivandrum, and operates out of thirteen business centres in the Americas, Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa.

IBS' "Software Services Line of Business" focuses on providing bespoke services to enterprises in the TTL sector. They provide application development and re-engineering, technology and data migration, testing, business intelligence and data warehousing, and usability engineering services through a global delivery model. They also use their domain specific technology competency to provide onsite consulting and staff augmentation services, and innovative frameworks that are readily deployable.

CONTACT: For media enquiries please contact: At Air Cargo Europe 2009,Munich:Bart Jan Haasbeek, Global Sales Director, OAG Cargo Solutions, Booth # 309or on +31(0)6-5368-2665 or Nicola Burrows, Marketing Manager, OAG CargoSolutions, Booth # 309 Mobile or on +44(0)7901-715907; At UK Office: AlisonPickering, Head of Corporate Communications, UBM Aviation,+44(0)1582-695477 or at . For mediaenquiries please contact: S Sarada at +91-80-67072156 or email:; At UK Office: Nandan A Dasannacharya, Director -Sales (Europe), IBS Software Services, +44(0)1344-293-841 or at

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