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Japan Airlines International to Upgrade Reservation and Ticketing System With IBM Mainframe


Latest Mainframe Operating System Specializing in Processing of Large-volume Transactions to Serve as the Technology Foundation for the Airline.

TOKYO .- IBM Japan today announced that it will update the worldwide reservation and ticketing systems of Japan Airlines International Co., Ltd., by going live with an IBM System mainframe and IBM z/Transaction Processing Facility Enterprise Edition (z/TPF) V1.1 software, its latest operating system that specializes in the high-speed processing of large-volume transactions for IBM mainframes. Phased implementation of the system will begin in 2008.

Japan Airlines announced its FY2008-2010 Medium Term Revival Plan in February 2008 and is actively taking measures to enhance its competitiveness and increase the profitability of the airline industry. In particular, the reservation and ticketing systems, central to the operations of the airline company, need to have sufficient scalability of processing capability in order to respond flexibly to future business developments such as expanded Internet services, while also having sufficient availability to provide stable continuous service, 24 hours a day throughout the year. After considering systems that meet these operational requirements, Japan Airlines decided to implement the IBM System z9 mainframe running the z/TPF V1.1 operating systems, making it the first company in the world to use z/TPF V1.1.

Transaction Processing Facility (TPF) is an operating system for IBM’s System z mainframe family that specializes in the processing of large-volume transactions. Thanks to its capability of processing up to tens of thousand transactions per second, the system is widely used in the airline and financial industries worldwide. In addition to enabling faster system response through the expansion of memory based on 64-bit architecture, the latest version of TPF, called z/TPF, is expected to increase development productivity because its compatibility with the Linux development environment allows the utilization of open-system development skills. Also, z/TPF will respond flexibly to future system expansion needs by expanding its functions through effective utilization of open sources and increasing its affinity with Web applications, with service-oriented architecture (SOA) in mind.

The IBM mainframe is the product of more than 40 years of relentless innovation, designed from the ground up to be shared by a large number of simultaneous users. 600 new applications were introduced for the IBM System z in 2007 – bringing the total to more than 4,000 unique applications available on the System z platform.

For the project, Japan Airlines will update its systems to make them more flexible by maximizing the strong points of z/TPF while maintaining the excellent availability unique to IBM System z mainframes. In addition to raising the level of system processing ability by about 25% compared to before, Workload License Charge (WLC)––a new charging system for z/TPF––will also be utilized to optimize system costs. Since WLC charges fees for actual processing performance (in terms of “millions of service units” or MSU), rather than processors used, Japan Airlines expects that “total cost of ownership” (TCO) per transaction will be reduced through the updating of the system.


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