|Privately held subsidiary|
1993 (as PRA Solutions LLC)
|David P. Evans
|Services||Travel Technology Solutions|
Navitaire LLC is a transportation industry technology services subsidiary of multinational management consulting, technology services, and outsourcing company Accenture. Navitaire primarily offers systems for passenger reservations, travel commerce, ancillary revenue and merchandising, as well as revenue accounting and revenue management to airlines and rail companies.
Navitaire is a subsidiary of Accenture that provides technology services to the airline and rail industries. Its headquarters are in Minneapolis and it operates offices in London, Manila, Salt Lake City, and Sydney. It has data centers in Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, and Sydney. David Evans has held the role of global managing director of Navitaire since 2013. Navitaire has approximately 60 clients and 750 employees. The company typically works with low-cost carriers (LCC) and hybrid airlines and is the leading passenger service system provider for the LCC market. As of 2014, Navitaire serves 43% of the top 100 LCCs, and 47% of the top 30 LCCs as measured by seats sold per week. Clients include airlines Wizz Air, Jetstar, Spirit Airlines, HK Express, and Volaris. The company also works with railway company SNCF and its subsidiary iDGTV.
Navitaire was founded as PRA Solutions in 1993 by Accenture. As PRA Solutions, Navitaire initially provided airline revenue accounting software and revenue protection software for airlines. The company then moved into developing a direct-distribution platform to book airline reservations through a solution called via World Network, an alternative to the global distribution system traditionally used by travel agents to sell airline flights. In 2000, PRA Solutions purchased the Open Skies reservation system from Hewlett Packard. The following year, in 2001, PRA Solutions changed its name to Navitaire. Navitaire continued to invest in the Open Skies platform to add new capabilities. For example, in 2002, Navitaire implemented codeshare technology for Virgin Blue, and the company later introduced multi-city bookings at the request of Jetstar. Following Hewlett Packard's announcement in 2001 of its plans to discontinue support for the HP3000 hardware that the Open Skies system operated on, Navitaire began developing its replacement reservation system called New Skies. The company began converting clients to the new system in 2005.
Products and services
Navitaire's passenger service system is New Skies, which was introduced in 2005 and gradually replaced the company's previous system, Open Skies. New Skies introduced features including a low fare finder and multi-city bookings. The system provides reservations via the Internet, call centers, and through global distribution systems (GDS) using a ticketless model as well as enabling e-ticketing. New Skies also allows integration with other travel services such as travel insurance and car rental, as well as codeshare agreements with other airlines. As of 2010, Navitaire had 80 such codeshare connections to partner airlines, as well as nine GDS connections. Other features of New Skies include real-time reporting and customer recognition capabilities, as well as the ability for passengers to choose their seat through "intelligent seating." Navitaire offers additional products and services including Travel Commerce, a platform to aid in ancillary revenue generation and a loyalty system. In addition to these, the company offers real-time reporting, revenue accounting software and revenue management. The company also provides a reservations management system for railways called Navitaire Rail, which facilitates multi-channel distribution sales and station check-ins for rail carriers.
In October 2010, Navitaire was awarded for Best Sales and Distribution Innovation at the 4th Annual Budgies World Low Cost Airlines Awards. The company was awarded Innovation of the Year in the category of Ancillary Revenue & Merchandising at Airline Information's 2013 Mega Awards, after being named a runner-up in the Ancillary Revenue & Merchandising - Most Innovative Technology category at the Mega Awards event held in November 2012. In December 2013, Navitaire received a Tekne Award from Minnesota High Tech Association for its ticketless system and other services.
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