AirAsia Moves to Unisys Cloud-Based Logistics Management System - Global Trade Magazine
  October 29th, 2015 | Written by

AirAsia Moves to Unisys Cloud-Based Logistics Management System

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  • Asian carrier replaced legacy cargo management system with cloud-based service in less than six months.
  • The cloud approach means that all AirAsia affiliates will benefit from common processes.
  • The Unisys cloud model enables airlines to respond quickly to changing air cargo industry requirements.

AirAsia, a low-cost carrier, recently cut over to the cloud-based Unisys Logistics Management System (LMS) to manage its domestic and international cargo services across its network of affiliates.

AirAsia Cargo is the cargo division of AirAsia, headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with a flight network covers more than 100 destinations across 20 countries in Asia and Australia.

Unisys replaced the legacy system with the cloud-based LMS and it is now providing the core cargo system capabilities for AirAsia Cargo and its affiliate companies on a per-air waybill basis, saving the carrier capital investment. The migration from the carrier’s previous system took less than six months.

The Unisys-AirAsia contract which will run for a minimum term of three-and-a-half-years after cutover.

The use of this cloud approach means that all AirAsia’s affiliates will benefit from centralized information management and visibility as well as common processes. As the Unisys system is browser-based, authorized users can access it from many devices including personal computers, tablets and other mobile devices.

“AirAsia’s successful business is underpinned by an effective cost management strategy,” said Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, AirAsia Group CEO. “The Unisys cloud-based model supports this strategy as we were able to cut over to the new system quickly and we pay on a consumption subscription basis. With multiple AirAsia affiliates transacting business on each other’s service, we needed an integrated system with centralized information management and visibility to further increase efficiency across the organization.”

“The cloud-based Unisys LMS is a great fit for AirAsia’s low-cost model as implementation was fast and LMS scales to match the carrier’s growth,” said Olivier Houri, president and general manager of worldwide transportation for Unisys. “AirAsia joins a growing and active community of leading cargo airlines that collaborate to shape continual system improvements and innovations.”

Unisys LMS is used by leading airlines worldwide to manage their air cargo business. The cloud-based delivery model allows airlines to reduce costs compared to running in-house systems, and enables enhancements to be deployed each month and made immediately available to clients. The cloud model also helps drive community collaboration in software development among airline clients and enables airlines to respond quickly to constantly changing air cargo industry requirements.

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