Two U.S. carriers Select Cloud-Based Logistics Management and Cargo Revenue Accounting Systems - Global Trade Magazine
  March 21st, 2016 | Written by

Two U.S. carriers Select Cloud-Based Logistics Management and Cargo Revenue Accounting Systems

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  • Unisys is helping air cargo carriers migrate to a single-view cloud-based solution.
  • The Unisys LMS and CRA systems will interface with other systems used by the air cargo carriers including SAP.
  • Unisys will configure air cargo systems to maintain separate data while providing joint view to authorized users.

U.S. air cargo carriers Aloha Air Cargo and Northern Air Cargo have selected the cloud-based Unisys Logistics Management System (LMS) to manage their domestic and international cargo services.

The carriers are also new clients for the Unisys Cargo Revenue Accounting (CRA) system.

Northern Air Cargo, Inc. is based in Anchorage, Alaska and Aloha Air Cargo is based in Honolulu, Hawaii. Both are operating companies within Northern Aviation Services, Inc., which is headquartered at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport and is a new client for Unisys.

Under the long-term, multi-year contract with Northern Aviation Services, Inc., Unisys will help the carriers migrate from their respective systems into a single-view cloud-based solution. The Unisys LMS and CRA systems will interface with other systems used by the carriers including SAP.

Unisys will configure the systems to maintain each carrier’s separate data while providing a joint view to authorized users, such as financial administrators. The Unisys cloud service approach means that the new system should be operational within a few months as Unisys has delivered for other carriers. That speed dramatically reduces the cost and impact of change to the carriers, allowing them to benefit from the new functionality fast.

“We selected the Unisys cargo solution because it is scalable, flexible and easy to implement within our business,” said Dave Squier, vice president of operations at Northern Aviation Services. “It enables us to grow our business and deliver a quality product. A core value we saw was how the Unisys community of carriers interacts and collaborates on shared initiatives as they all use the same version of the same system throughout the cloud. The integrated accounting and operational system with shared reference data will help us and our clients transact seamlessly from inquiry to payment.”

“Last year, Unisys applied about sixty five such updates for all its cloud cargo system clients allowing them to focus on their own differentiation and service,” said Christopher Shawdon, vice president, Logistics Solutions for Unisys. “We are delighted to welcome Aloha Air Cargo and Northern Air Cargo, into the community of leading air carriers using our integrated cargo solutions. They will also benefit from many functionality updates provided at no extra charge through the Unisys Cargo User Group community model.”

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.

The Unisys CRA solution is designed for real-time integration with LMS and provides airlines with control and automation of their revenue accounting process, including air waybill audit and adjustments, revenue determination and proration, invoicing, agent commission, payable and receivable management and reporting. When integrated with the Unisys LMS solution, CRA users can make use of a shared user interface, menu structure, and single sign-on that allows them to work seamlessly across both modules as one application.

Unisys has more than 45 years of experience providing advanced, critical IT solutions to the aviation industry. More than 20 percent of the world’s air cargo shipments are processed on Unisys solutions. Unisys cargo solutions are used by many of the world’s leading carriers, who collaborate via the Unisys Cargo User Group (UCUG). Unisys and UCUG members have worked with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) for more than 20 years on initiatives such as e-Freight, Cargo 2000, and XML messaging.

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