Aeroplan selects OpenJaw Technologies

Posted: May 25th, 2005

OpenJaw Technologies selected as Aeroplan’s Technology Partner

Dublin, Ireland – 25 May 2005

OpenJaw Technologies has won the contract to supply Aeroplan, Canada’s leading Loyalty Program with its industry leading, internet booking engine xRez and XML middleware engine, xDistributor.

Aeroplan sought a partner to help the organisation connect the website to multiple suppliers of hotel and car inventory as well as merchandise, using XML standards from the OpenTravel Alliance. The project was driven by the need to create a website which offers the Aeroplan member the widest choice of premium travel and merchandise brands to redeem loyalty points against. The Integration of multiple new suppliers and provision of new web front end architecture was entrusted to OpenJaw on the basis of their technology and their expertise in OTA XML standards.

Benoit Chayer, Web Development Manager at Aeroplan, provides some detail: “Aeroplan had three main requirements from the prospective partner. Firstly an expertise in OTA XML Standards, secondly, a partner whose technology was proven in the market as reliable and scalable and finally we envisioned a need for an advanced Business Rules engine to enable us to control the relationships with supplier inventory. We discovered that OpenJaw Technologies had all three components. On this basis OpenJaw was handed the responsibility to lead the project which comprised of the Aeroplan Development Team and two other partners”.

John Lambe, CTO of OpenJaw describes the challenge: “Throughout the process Aeroplan allowed us to create the vision of how we could best implement our technology to suit not only the requirement but also their member’s expectations from the program. Connecting to multiple suppliers’ systems using OTA is only part of the solution; we also used our expertise to deliver best practice in the front end.”

Projects teams are directed across three locations Montreal, Vancouver and Dublin in order to deliver the project. Both OpenJaw Technologies and Aeroplan view the engagement as a long term strategic partnership between the two organisations.

Notes to Editors:

About OpenJaw Technologies:

OpenJaw Technologies is a leader in delivering high performance travel distribution solutions to the global travel industry. Our solutions enable the world’s leading travel companies to market, distribute and sell their online travel offerings in a differentiated way.

OpenJaw’s solution portfolio includes the xDistributor Integration Platform and Business Rules Engine that enables travel supplier integration, distribution channel management and dynamic packaging; xRez: a highly customisable Internet Booking Engine; xRezAgent: a sales and servicing platform for call centre agents; xLocation: a location data and hierarchy management application; xHotel: a content, mapping and inventory management system for accommodation and xEvent: a content and inventory management system for events and destination activities.

OpenJaw is a member and active participant of the OpenTravel™ Alliance.

OpenJaw Technologies is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, with a regional office in Madrid, Spain.

About Aeroplan:

Aeroplan is a wholly owned subsidiary of Air Canada, and is known as one of the most rewarding loyalty programs in the industry with over 6 million members. Aeroplan was voted the world’s Best Frequent Flyer Program for the second consecutive year at the 2003 OAG (Official Airline Guide) Airline of the Year Awards.

For more information, contact:
Yvonne Waldron
Director of Marketing,
OpenJaw Technologies Ltd.,
Station Mews, Lindsay Grove,
Glasnevin, Dublin 9
Tel: +353 (0)1 882 5444