Silverjet IT staff made redundant after airline goes into administration

Silverjet's 13 IT staff are looking for work after the business class airline ceased operations last week.

Silverjet's 13 IT staff are looking for work after the business class airline ceased operations last week.

IT director George Henderson and other executives were made redundant three weeks ago as chief executive Lawrence Hunt tried to save the airline by cutting salary costs.

"It only happened on Friday for the rest of my team, so they are on the market, available right now, and I am trying my best to help find them work," Henderson told Computer Weekly.

Siliverjet, which is now under administration, used technology as one of its strategies aimed at challenging established brands.

It was the first UK airline to introduce a full-service mobile website to enable customers to manage their bookings, use wireless check-in, and use a multi-channel contact management system that combined voice, fax, e-fax, e-mail and text messaging.

"It was a great product and we all put a lot of effort in over the two years, so the closure of the company is very disappointing," said Henderson.

Most of Silverjet's IT services were outsourced to cut capital expenditure and tap into the latest technologies, but the core IT team included five developers, two support engineers, a website manager, a GDS reservation systems manager, and three service desk staff.

Henderson, who is doing consultancy work, said he has some interviews for interesting IT projects lined up both in and out of the travel industry, but nothing with any airlines.

"It is such a bad time for airlines right now. They are all suffering with the oil price and I don't think any are hiring," he said.

Silverjet, which began flying from Luton Airport to New York in January 2007 and Dubai in November, follows several others including Maxjet and Eos forced to cease operations because of rising fuel costs.

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