AirTran Systems Upgrade Hits Turbulence

By CIOinsight  |  Posted 06-21-2006

Discount airline AirTran Airways says a "preplanned outage" to update its reservations and check-in systems early this week turned into all-day unplanned outage on Tuesday, delaying an unknown number of flights.

The company says it had planned to shut down the reservations and check-in systems at 10 p.m. on Monday, June 19, and bring them back online at 4:30 a.m. on Tuesday. The systems are operated by Navitaire, a division of consulting firm Accenture that provides outsourced services to the airline industry.

However, the new version of the system was not operational by early Tuesday. That left AirTran passengers unable to check in via the company's Web site or at kiosks in airports, according to the airline. Ticket agents were also unable to print boarding passes.

The company says that as of 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, its systems were back online and "stabilized."

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