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CO Plans Common IT Platform With UA  
User currently offlineBNAtraveler From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 410 posts, RR: 2
Posted (5 years 1 month 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3769 times:
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http://www.travelweekly.com/article3_ektid198224.aspx

No specifics regarding whether they are moving to the common Star platform (Altea?), but nonetheless an interesting article.

Does anyone else have any further information regarding where CO is headed?

It seems that CO, regardless of their underlying res system, seems to be focused on providing easy access to information to customers whereas UA doesn't appear to have taken the same tact. I'm not sure if CO is better enabled due to using SHARES or if UA is hurt by being on Apollo...but I'd imagine that it truly doesn't matter because their IT teams are designing interfaces that could be applied to any backend res that has some form of an API.

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User currently offlineLabswalker From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 24 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 1 month 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3476 times:

I doubt you will see UA in terminal C. At this moment the above ground train is being extended to terminal A where UA is in IAH, making an easy transfer from A to C or E and not having to go thru security again. If it is not finished in time, you will most likely see a bus between terminals as with DL currently.

User currently offlineFlyingSicilian From Italy, joined Mar 2009, 1326 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 1 month 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3450 times:

at IAH A is split North and South. South is not connected to North or the rest of the airport past security.


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User currently offlineDrerx7 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5174 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (5 years 1 month 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3411 times:



Quoting Labswalker (Reply 2):
I doubt you will see UA in terminal C. At this moment the above ground train is being extended to terminal A where UA is in IAH, making an easy transfer from A to C or E and not having to go thru security again. If it is not finished in time, you will most likely see a bus between terminals as with DL currently.

I don't know...the rumor mill is stating C14-C18 gates...



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User currently offlineJolau1701 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 232 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 1 month 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3308 times:

There is mention on another thread about how CO is going to move to the UA terminals or closer to the UA terminals in SFO.

I don't think that's going to work out very well.


User currently offlineAzjubilee From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 3908 posts, RR: 27
Reply 5, posted (5 years 1 month 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3270 times:

Hmmm... the smells of a merger are getting stronger and stronger.

User currently offlineAvek00 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 4369 posts, RR: 19
Reply 6, posted (5 years 1 month 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3253 times:



Quoting Azjubilee (Reply 5):
Hmmm... the smells of a merger are getting stronger and stronger.

Not on account of the common IT platform. Cooperation in information technology was identified from DAY ONE:

"Continental Airlines and United Airlines Announce Comprehensive Plan for Global Cooperation; Continental Plans to Join Star Alliance

CHICAGO, June 19 [2008]/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Continental Airlines (NYSE: CAL) and United Airlines (Nasdaq: UAUA) today announced a framework agreement to cooperate extensively, linking their networks and services worldwide to the benefit of customers, and creating revenue opportunities and cost savings and other efficiencies. In addition, Continental plans to join United in the Star Alliance, the most comprehensive airline alliance in the world.

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Teams from the two organizations worked intensively over the last several weeks exploring creative solutions for how the two companies could achieve efficiencies and synergies that expand beyond the well-established benefits of codesharing. Their work focused on plans for significant cooperation on frequent flier programs, lounges, facility utilization, information technology and procurement. This work was assisted by the efficiency opportunities identified and relationships developed during the parties' earlier merger discussions."

http://www.continental.com/web/en-US...Dirol%2DnewsArticle%26ID%3D1168003



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User currently offline4everRC From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 325 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (5 years 1 month 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3176 times:



Quoting Jolau1701 (Reply 4):
There is mention on another thread about how CO is going to move to the UA terminals or closer to the UA terminals in SFO.

Where? I mean, it makes sense but wouldn't they have to kick AA out of T3 to do that? Could the two flip flop, and AA take over their space in T1? Will they wait until T2 is finished?



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User currently offlineAzjubilee From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 3908 posts, RR: 27
Reply 8, posted (5 years 1 month 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3065 times:

Avek -

And what do you think their global cooperation is going to lead to? A merger.


User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6372 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (5 years 1 month 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3015 times:

Saber Mark II, anyone  Wink ? Wonder if UA will use it to sink a weaker competitor  devil 


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User currently offlineCALPSAFltSkeds From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 2623 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (5 years 1 month 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2916 times:

I just hope the integrated system doesn't end up with the computer glitches that have grounded UA flights at ORD a couple of times.
Does the article's dateline Chicago mean anything?


User currently offlineDL Widget Head From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2092 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (5 years 1 month 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2613 times:



Quoting Avek00 (Reply 6):
Quoting Azjubilee (Reply 5):
Hmmm... the smells of a merger are getting stronger and stronger.

Not on account of the common IT platform. Cooperation in information technology was identified from DAY ONE:

If it were just a common IT platform alone I would be inclined to agree with you. When you consider a lot of the things going on i.e. a move to a common IT platform, consolidating gates and ticketing areas, code sharing, ATI, the fact that merger talks between the two were held last year, and even the fact that Kellner is retiring (even though some believe this has nothing to do with a merger, ahem, cough), then the merger scenario seems more likely. All of these moves put together smacks of CO/UA laying the groundwork for a merger. If and when the merger is announced, they will have already gotten some of the heavy lifting done making for a smoother process albeit not as smooth as DL/NW.


User currently offlineNW From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 150 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (5 years 1 month 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2509 times:



Quoting Jolau1701 (Reply 4):
at IAH A is split North and South. South is not connected to North or the rest of the airport past security.

Both sides will be connected very soon.


User currently offlineAvek00 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 4369 posts, RR: 19
Reply 13, posted (5 years 1 month 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2296 times:



Quoting Azjubilee (Reply 8):
Avek -

And what do you think their global cooperation is going to lead to? A merger.

Perhaps, but not in any timeframe worth decent speculating about. At a minimum, I'd expect the carriers to be on a common IT platform and to have fully integrated their international services as allowed by the ATI before entertaining a merger -- and to accomplish those things will require about 18-24 months.



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User currently offlineAviationbuff08 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 346 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (5 years 1 month 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2280 times:

Ok, I have to ask....  duck 

But if CO and UA does indeed merge, What would the airline name be?
UA or CO?  stirthepot 

My guess would be CO, but I'd prefer it be United.


User currently offlineKL911 From Czech Republic, joined Jul 2003, 5133 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (5 years 1 month 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2271 times:



Quoting Aviationbuff08 (Reply 14):
Ok, I have to ask....

But if CO and UA does indeed merge, What would the airline name be?
UA or CO?

My guess would be CO, but I'd prefer it be United.

Well, if the two of them really unite, I would call the new airline 'United Airlines'  Smile


User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16862 posts, RR: 51
Reply 16, posted (5 years 1 month 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2261 times:



Quoting Aviationbuff08 (Reply 14):
But if CO and UA does indeed merge, What would the airline name be?
UA or CO?

My guess would be CO, but I'd prefer it be United.

HQ's and Management would be in Houston.



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User currently offlineJayhup From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 452 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (5 years 1 month 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2227 times:

I'm a 1K on UA and have always had positive experiences (especially when I was traveling non-rev for a few years) but I feel that a merger with CO is in their best interest.

I hope it happens sooner rather than later...

JH


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