It’s been a long time coming, but the Star Alliance has finally given the nod to the common IT platform, which will be built by travel IT provider Amadeus.
The go ahead for this project is a significant milestone in the development of alliances, which have tended to rely on communication between the different IT systems, and IT cultures, of member airlines.
The length of time it has taken to make a decision – the request for information went out in 2003 – was partly due to the financial woes of certain Star carriers, but is also a reflection on how big a commitment it is for an airline to move its IT system over to an alliance-friendly model.
“How can it be an alliance platform with just one airline,” was a question asked by one airline IT expert.
However, Lufthansa is very much the lead partner for Star in