ARINC Completes Malé Programme…

ON MARCH 24, ARINC Incorporated announced it has completed a five-month programme of transition support and IT training for the new management company at Malé International Airport, the principal airport of the Maldives Islands.
The new operator is GMR Malé International Airport Pvt Ltd (GMIAL), a public/private consortium that won the 25-year lease in competitive bidding in July, 2010.  Principals in GMIAL include the Maldivian Government, Malaysian Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB), and The GMR Group, a leading international airports operating company based in Bangalore, India.
The GMR-MAHB consortium plans to upgrade, maintain and operate the existing Malé International Airport as well as build a new terminal which will open in winter 2014.  The current traffic at Malé International Airport is 2.6 million passengers per annum.  The management transition at Malé International Airport involved 1,617 employees.  ARINC says it successfully facilitated transition of the airport’s IT systems over to new GMIAL staff, and had finished the training and support by late 2010.
“Airport IT systems are the backbone infrastructure that supports all of our key operational activities.  It has thus been a priority for us to ensure that GMIAL pays particular attention to IT systems capability, the capability of staff to meet today’s operational needs, as well as the need to be prepared for the new IT and operational environment that Malé International Airport will transition to over the next three years.  In any transition phase of an airport’s management, it is very important to minimize any impact on operations which will ultimately affect airlines and passengers,” said Andrew Harrison, CEO of GMIAL.  “We are very pleased with ARINC’s assistance in this, and the professional way they conducted the training and transition support, including post-migration support.”
Jim L Martin, Managing Director of ARINC’s Asia Pacific Division, stated: “We were very excited to have the opportunity to assist and participate in Malé International Airport’s management transition.  Having worked with the GMR Group on other projects, we fully understood the requirements and challenges of this transition, and we prepared a plan that would meet their objectives on time and effectively.  ARINC appreciates the support provided by the staff of GMIAL in helping to complete this project successfully.”
As the airport’s principal IT partner for a number of years, ARINC has provided a full suite of passenger handling  and airport IT applications.  The company was responsible for training GMIAL staff on the IT systems, including equipment operations and support.  A project manager was specially appointed to ensure a smooth transition, and the new operational staff were fully certified and equipped to manage any incidents that might occur.
Malé International Airport was previously run by the government-owned Maldives Airports Company, Ltd (MACL), which will continue to provide the country’s Air Traffic Control and Aviation Security Command services.
GMR Malé International Airport Private Limited (GMIAL) is a joint venture company promoted by GMR Infrastructure Limited (GIL) along with its sole consortium partner, Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB).
and….Supports BA with AviNet Airport
ON APRIL 20 ARINC Incorporated announced it has begun a fast-track installation of its AviNet Airport IP network service at 19 major airports for British Airways.  AviNet Airport enables legacy and IP applications to share the same physical connection, bridging airline host systems and airport services.  The deployment, in eleven countries, was scheduled to be complete as this edition closed for press.  ARINC’s work supports British Airways’ current migration of its legacy passenger reconciliation system (PRS) onto a modern IP-based network platform.
A long-time ARINC customer, BA already employs the company’s MUSE common-use passenger technology at all 19 airports, including Terminal 3 at British Airways’ hub location of London Heathrow.  The carrier also makes use of CUSS kiosk technology supported by ARINC at many of the airports.
ARINC says it will provide a fully-integrated solution for BA at each location, including deployment of the carrier’s new application on the existing MUSE platforms and the provisioning of a new fully-managed end-to-end IP AviNet Airport service at each location.  It will also integrate its new IP-based delivery method for Baggage Source Messages (BSMs) at each of the airports where its BagLink technology is installed.
The company adds that it is providing the fully-integrated solution to BA as a single: ‘AviNet Airport’ service, allowing the carrier to delegate the management of most deployment elements to ARINC.
“Integrating the MUSE deployment with network access as a single AviNet solution is well suited to our specific requirements,” said Nick Teale, BA’s Worldwide Data Networks manager.  “ARINC are delivering an implementation approach which meets our need to deliver end-to-end IP in a timely way to meet our business needs,” he added.
“ARINC takes a consultative approach with customers, and we find ways to be flexible in structuring solutions that meet their commercial needs,” said Tony Chapman, Senior Director, Integrated Travel Solutions, ARINC EMEA. “We are delighted to undertake this significant deployment for BA which again highlights our partnership philosophy.”