Exostar, the aerospace and defence e-marketplace formed in March by BAE Systems, Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon, has gone live, conducting its first transactions at exostar.com. Commerce One is to be its lead technology partner. Airbus Industrie has chosen SITA's Interactive Distributed Information & Support service - a neutral portal for the management and distribution of aircraft components and technical data - as the open mechanism for airline customers to access its Airbus On Line Services system. SAirGroup has joined airline industry b2b exchange AirNewco, taking the number of founder airlines to 10, representing $50 billion in annual purchasing. AirNewco will be given its official name later this year, when it aims to launch its first phase. SAS, Amadeus and NetCom are launching an e-marketplace for Scandinavia, focussing on ticket sales to business and private travellers. Nordic Travel Hub should begin trading in the first half of 2001. Honeywell will set up E-Engine, an internet application for aircraft and engine maintenance and support, by the year end. Northwest Airlines has picked TradeCapture.com's internet-enabled Integrated Commodity Trading System software to manage the purchase and inventory control of jet fuel for its fleet. The Aerospace Component Services group of Pratt & Whitney Canada's Service Centre Network has launched an e-marketplace. Its Aerospace ComponentServices.com website lets customers purchase parts on-line. Rockwell Collins Air Transport Systems' 2001 product catalogue is now available on-line. TradeAir.com is offering its TradeOmeter product free to users, if they share data.

Source: Flight International