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KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Runs Commercial Flight and Reservation Systems on IBM System z Mainframe


KLM Becomes First Airline to Move to IBMs Newest System For Processing Heavy Transaction Work Loads - z/TPF

ARMONK, N.Y. and AMSTELVEEN, Netherlands - KLM and IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced today that KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has become the first airline to fully deploy IBMs newest System z mainframe-based software for processing ultra-high volumes of real-time business transactions such as flight reservations. As a result, travelers benefit from reliable, secure ticketing and gate information when and where they need it.

KLM, which carries more than 23 million passengers each year, is using a new release of IBMs high-performance mainframe-based software (called z/Transaction Processing Facility, or z/TPF) to manage its passenger inventory, check-in, flight information and freight reservations systems.

z/TPF is widely used in the travel, banking/finance, and public sector industries worldwide because of its ability to process up to tens of thousands of transactions per second from hundreds of thousands of end users.

Management of extreme transaction volumes, high reliability and availability, fast response time, cost effectiveness and an open development environment are all very important to us, said Sven Postma, Vice President ICT Operations, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. The IBM System z mainframe and z/TPF contribute to maintaining our position as smart leader in the airline industry and makes us feel confident in our ability to serve customers as we move into the future.

KLM has leveraged many of z/TPFs benefits, including modernization of their development platform through an open-standards-based Linux development environment. KLM is using the platform-independent open tooling, common across its enterprise, to utilize the same set of skills required to develop agile, high-performance transaction processing applications on distributed platforms.

KLMs decision to migrate to z/TPF was an easy one, based on z/TPFs ability to easily accommodate future system expansion requirements, along with accommodating SOA for flexible enterprise application development and integration, and KLMs TPF business and financial model benefits.

KLM believes that its investment in their existing passenger inventory, check-in, flight information and freight reservations systems, while embracing open standards to support current and future development, will integrate their transaction-processing system into service-oriented IT environments.

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