Air New Zealand - Grabaseat

As an integral part of Air New Zealand’s Ventures and Innovations group, Optimation provided architecture consultancy and Java software development expertise for Grabaseat. The system was designed, built and delivered inside a remarkable four weeks, and led to the creation of unique IP that delivers compelling competitive advantage for the business. A major reason for the lightening fast roll out was that the SOA framework and N-tier architecture Optimation had helped Air New Zealand design and implement as part of its online booking engine development could be effectively leveraged to easily create and deploy new applications within a very short timeframe. A commitment to extensive re-use of components has been a core principle in the approach to software design and development, and this helps reduce costs and time-to-delivery.

Air New Zealand - myairnz

As an integral part of Air New Zealand’s Innovations and Ventures team, Optimation has been intimately involved in architecture, software design, development and integration of the portal. The benefits of the SOA architecture Optimation helped implement as part of the 2005-6 development of Air New Zealand’s core booking and fare quoting engine have been fully realised to deliver the portal, which integrates information from a wide range of back-end services, applications and databases. The architecture is robust and highly scalable, and has been designed to effectively handle very high transaction volumes. Ensuring optimal security for the business and for customers using the site has also been integral to the development process. At the front end, the focus has been on providing a rich and highly functional user experience. To achieve this, the development team has used Adobe’s Flex open source framework and toolkit to build the site. This marks the first time an airline has deployed Flex technology on a customer-facing development. A major advantage of the technology is that it is designed to ensure Flex-based web applications will deploy consistently on all major browsers, desktops and operating systems, which means customers can use just about any technology set-up they choose to access their custom portal.