Mar 10, 2016: Unisys Corporation announced that US air cargo carriers Aeko Kula, Aloha Air Cargo and Northern Air Cargo have selected the cloud-based Unisys Logistics Management System (LMS) to manage their domestic and international cargo services. The carriers are also new clients for the Unisys Cargo Revenue Accounting (CRA) system. The Unisys cloud-based delivery model enables faster implementation, regular roll out of enhancements and less capital investment than traditional in-house systems.
Northern Air Cargo is based in Anchorage, Alaska and Aloha Air Cargo is based in Honolulu, Hawaii. Both are operating companies within Northern Aviation Services, which is headquartered at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport and is a new client for Unisys.
Under the long-term, multi-year contract with Northern Aviation Services, Unisys will help the carriers migrate from their respective systems into a single-view cloud-based solution. The Unisys LMS and CRA systems will interface with other systems used by the carriers including SAP (Finance System). Unisys will configure the systems to maintain each carrier's separate data while providing a joint view to authorised users, such as financial administrators. The Unisys cloud service approach means that the new system should be operational within a few months as Unisys has delivered for other carriers. That speed dramatically reduces the cost and impact of change to the carriers, allowing them to benefit from the new functionality fast.
Christopher Shawdon, vice president, Logistics Solutions, Unisys, said, "We are delighted to welcome Aloha Air Cargo and Northern Air Cargo,into the community of leading air carriers using our integrated cargo solutions. They will also benefit from many functionality updates provided at no extra charge through the Unisys Cargo User Group community model. Last year, for example, Unisys applied about sixty five such updates for all its cloud cargo system clients allowing them to focus on their own differentiation and service. As both the LMS and CRA systems use rules engines, another benefit is that many processes such as compliance with regulatory demands can be achieved through configuration updates in minutes rather than the traditional way of writing, testing and deploying new code."
Unisys LMS is used by leading airlines worldwide to manage their air cargo business. The cloud-based delivery model allows airlines to reduce costs compared to running in-house systems, and enables enhancements to be deployed each month and made immediately available to clients. The cloud model also helps drive community collaboration in software development among airline clients and enables airlines to respond quickly to constantly changing air cargo industry requirements.
The Unisys CRA solution is designed for real-time integration with LMS and provides airlines with control and automation of their revenue accounting process, including air waybill audit and adjustments, revenue determination and proration, invoicing, agent commission, payable and receivable management and reporting. When integrated with the Unisys LMS solution, CRA users can make use of a shared user interface, menu structure, and single sign-on that allows them to work seamlessly across both modules as one application.
More than 20 percent of the world's air cargo shipments are processed on Unisys solutions. Unisys cargo solutions are used by many of the world's leading carriers, who collaborate via the Unisys Cargo User Group (UCUG). Unisys and UCUG members have worked with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) for more than 20 years on initiatives such as e-Freight, Cargo 2000 and XML messaging.