Southwest Airlines plans to replace its domestic reservations system and plans to select a vendor in the first half of this year.
Chief executive Gary Kelly says the airline wants to get its new international reservations system up and running first before making a decision on the domestic system.
"We are in the planning stages now... we have not selected a vendor yet," he says on the airline's earnings call today. A Southwest spokesperson declines to comment beyond Kelly's remarks.
Southwest had previously hired Amadeus to provide its new international reservations system, which it needs in order to sell subsidiary AirTran Airways' international flights that it will take over this year. Kelly says today the airline is "days" away from unveiling details of the first Southwest-operated international flights. The carrier will finish its integration with AirTran this year, dropping the AirTran brand completely from its operations.
Southwest had previously said its deal with Amadeus includes the option to use the provider to change its domestic reservations system to Amadeus' platform in the future. The airline's domestic reservations system is run on Sabre while AirTran's domestic reservation system utilises Navitaire New Skies.
Southwest's spokesman declines to comment on whether the Amadeus option is still on the table. Amadeus was not immediately contactable for a comment.