PRA Solutions takes to the Open Skies
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Airline industry application service provider, PRA Solutions, has bought Hewlett Packard subsidiary, Open Skies, for an undisclosed sum.

PRA, along with its affiliates, PRA Solutions and via World Network, provides outsourcing solutions for processing financial transactions for airline passengers. Over a third of the world’s airline tickets are processed through PRA Solutions’ accounting and protection software.

The acquisition of Open Skies extends PRA’s offerings with an innovative, hosted airline reservation and revenue management system developed for small to mid-size airlines.

By integrating these technologies, the airline industry can utilize an advanced information systems platform that, for the first time, focuses each of the most critical marketing, operations and financial processes on revenue enhancement. Airlines of all sizes, from the newest to major global carriers, can benefit from increased profitability, more efficient operations and higher quality passenger information.

“We are committed to building the most comprehensive information technology platform available for the airline industry,” said Tom McClain, CEO of PRA Solutions. “The Open Skies hosted reservation system is an important component of our goal to integrate business support solutions for the airline industry. Their technology, combined with our IT infrastructure, airline business expertise and global operations expertise, will improve the profitability of our airline customers.”

“We highly value the relationships we have built in this marketplace, and HP will continue to work closely with PRA Solutions to deliver industry-leading services to our customers,” said Jim Jenke, director of business development, HP Services.

PRA Solutions will continue to host Open Skies airline reservation system from the Open Skies data center in Salt Lake City, as well as its own data centers in Minneapolis and Minnesota, USA, and Sydney, Australia.

About Open Skies
Open Skies was organized in 1994 to provide innovative automation of products and services to the airline industry. Today, Open Skies is one of the fastest-growing providers of hosted airline reservation solutions.

About PRA Solutions
PRA Solutions is a pioneer in the ASP industry, providing passenger revenue accounting technology to airline customers since 1993. Customers access sophisticated client-server applications through a transaction fee or gain-sharing structure. The company provides application management, data center management, and network management services for 25 clients, including nine of the world’s largest airlines. The company is headquartered in Minneapolis, with offices in Phoenix, Sydney and Manila.

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