Korean Air Flies with IBM
Linux Runs Flight Schedule Enquiry and Daily Revenue Accounting System
Seoul, Korea, July 16, 2001 — Korean Air, Korea's national flagship airline, and IBM today announced that Korean Air has completed the first phase of developing its core business applications running on Linux for the IBM .
Korean Air's Flight Schedule Enquiry System and the Daily Revenue Accounting System employ Linux on IBM hardware and software.
The enquiry system provides flight crew members with on-line real-time flight schedule information, which they can update anytime. More than 3,000 Korean Air pilots and flight attendants are currently using the system.
"We decided to deploy our flight scheduling systems on Linux because we were able to consolidate workloads that had been running on a variety of different servers, said . Yong-Seung Hwang, CIO of Korean Air. "We are confident that by working with IBM's mainframe running Linux, we will not only save money, but we will drastically improve the performance of our systems."
Korean Air deployed the Internet-and Intranet-based Flight Schedule Enquiry System on Linux, running on an IBM z900, taking advantage of the IBM's large server's high scalability, availability and reliability. A single IBM server running Linux can do the work of an entire server farm. Multiple copies of Linux can run side-by-side on a server, allowing for highly scalable and manageable environments that can handle unpredictable spikes in Internet activity.
"IBM has long been the IT partner of Korean Air," said Myung-Joong Kim, project manager of the Korean Air Linux deployment for IBM Korea. "Korean Air's decision to deploy Linux resulted from its decade-long expertise and know-how of IT management. We're very excited to partner with Korean Air for the Linux project, which will be one of the leading Linux references in the service industry worldwide."
Korean Air has been developing its Daily Revenue Accounting System since February using IBM's powerful, easy-to-use WebSphere Studio and Visual Age for Java development tools for deployment on IBM's highly-scalable DB2 database software and WebSphere application server for Linux. The addition of this application using IBM middleware will widen the scope of Linux adoption for the accounting system, phase by phase. Korean Air plans to allow system access to all of its global business partners who sell Korean Air flight tickets and other services on the Web.
For the overall Linux system management and connectivity with heterogenous platforms, Korean Air plans to employ Tivoli's system management solution and WebSphere MQ. Korean Air will integrate the Linux system with its Service Level Management System, which is an in-house system service monitoring solution, to enhance availability and reliability of the Linux system. IBM Global Services will manage operations of the Linux system running on the IBM z900.
About Korean Air
Founded in 1969, Korean Air now has an extensive route structure serving 77 cities in 29 countries with a fleet of 111 aircraft. In 2000, the airline received 17 state-of-the-art aircraft. The airline's highly praised in-flight service is attributed to the excellent quality of its cabin crew recognized worldwide for their friendly service and professionalism. For detailed information on Korean Air, visit http://www.koreanair.com/
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