BA IT staff to switch to Amadeus



Nick Huber

Up to 400 IT staff from British Airways and its Speedwing division are set to transfer to the European supplier (and IT...



Nick Huber

Up to 400 IT staff from British Airways and its Speedwing division are set to transfer to the European supplier (and IT services company) IT services Amadeus.

Amadeus has become BA's preferred supplier in the tender for the airline's reservation service and departure control system as part of an ongoing IT and business review.

BA is expected to make an announcement next week on the future of Speedwing which also supplies specialist passenger revenue software systems to other airlines as well as global outsourcing facilities from India.

Computer Weekly understands that BA is looking at a wide-ranging shake-up of Speedwing.

One software supplier told Computer Weekly that it was in discussions with BA to purchase Speedwing's software including back-office software in order to establish a large UK presence.

The company source added that it was keen to take on highly skilled BA and Speedwing IT staff. "We are competing with BA in terms of people. [They are] very rich resources."

A UK-based IT consultant said his firm had recently been approached by Speedwing over expanding its client base outside the airline industry.

A spokeswoman for Speedwing would only say that the company was reviewing its business and position. "There will be plenty of Speedwing left," she said.

Speedwing has five main units: reservation services; revenue accounting systems; a management consultant group; a mobile communications team and Speedwing's World Network Services, for outsourcing services.

There are about 300 IT staff in the Speedwing's UK division and more than 1,000 IT staff in two Indian sites in Speedwing's World Network Services.

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