NEW YORK; Sept. 14, 2005 – Navitaire has expanded its hosted technology solutions for airlines with the acquisition of key assets of Forte Solutions, including all of Forte’s airline customer contracts. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
With the acquisition, Navitaire — a wholly owned Accenture business that provides technology and business solutions to the airline industry on an outsourced basis — has added Forte’s suite of operations and crew management control capabilities to its service portfolio.
The acquisition of Forte’s airline customer contracts adds 14 new airlines, primarily based in the Asia Pacific region, to Navitaire’s customer list. As part of this transaction, Navitaire has also hired approximately 25 Forte employees.
Forte’s operations management software – known as the Geneva system – is a comprehensive platform for airline operations and crew management planning, tracking and compliance requirements. The system enables airlines to forecast, organize, plan, predict, measure and report on activity in an integrated, real-time environment.
The acquisition of Forte’s Geneva system marks another key step in Navitaire’s strategy to expand its portfolio of high-value information technology solutions for airlines. Navitaire now offers a full operations package – consisting of an operations control system through the Geneva suite coupled with Navitaire’s SkySolver recovery application — along with its broad range of reservation, direct distribution, revenue management, revenue accounting, revenue protection and decision-support services.
“As flight control and crew management functions are the core of airline operations, the Geneva system delivers ‘must have’ capabilities,” said Mike Dickoff, CEO of Navitaire. “This acquisition enhances Navitaire’s ability to provide advanced, cost-effective solutions to growing and successful airlines around the world.”
Navitaire provides reservation, direct distribution, revenue protection, operations recovery, decision-support and passenger revenue accounting technology to the airline industry through its hosted delivery model. The company’s worldwide customer base comprises more than 60 airlines, including a majority of the world’s most profitable carriers including JetBlue, AirAsia, AirTran, GOL, Ryanair, Continental and Air New Zealand. A wholly owned subsidiary of Accenture, Navitaire is headquartered in Minneapolis, with offices in Salt Lake City, Austin, Auckland, Sydney, Manila and Prague. Its homepage is www.navitaire.com.