ROSEMONT, Ill., April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Galileo International, Inc. (NYSE: GLC), a leading global travel distribution company, announced today that it has entered into a joint venture with InterGlobe Enterprises, New Delhi, India, to create IGT Solutions, a full service TPF programming services company. TPF is IBM's high volume transaction processing facility widely used in the airline industry and by computerized reservation systems (CRS) such as the Galileo International Apollo(R) and Galileo(R) systems. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000208/GALILEO ) IGT Solutions will initially be supplying the TPF industry, including airlines and CRSs, with cost-effective programming and consulting services. Galileo and IGT Solutions have trained more than 60 New Delhi-based programmers on maintaining and developing programs using TPF. "Outsourcing of applications development to firms such as IGT Solutions is one of the best options available in the travel industry to effectively manage peak workloads of developers," according to Chuck Barnhart, vice president of Applications Development at Galileo International. "By using trained programmers who are already familiar with the core business, IGT Solutions can provide its customers a cost effective solution for addressing their fluctuating workloads." "We are pleased to be working with Galileo, a recognized technology innovator in the industry," said Ramesh Arora, chief operating officer, IGT Solutions. "Together we will be able to offer high quality, competitive and valuable software development resources." Although IGT Solutions' primary target is the highly technical TPF market, the company also offers consulting services of software development in MVS-based operating systems and both traditional and current languages such as Oracle, Visual Basic and Java. As part of the agreement, James E. Lubinski, executive vice president, Operations for Galileo International, will join the IGT Solutions board of directors. About Galileo International Galileo International is a worldwide leader of electronic distribution services for the travel industry. The company provides travel agencies at nearly 41,000 locations, as well as other subscribers, with the ability to access schedule and fare information, book reservations and issue tickets for more than 500 airlines. Galileo International also provides subscribers with information and booking capabilities covering all the major hotel chains, car rental companies, cruise lines and numerous tour operators throughout the world. Further information on Galileo International is available on its Web site, www.galileo.com . About InterGlobe Enterprises InterGlobe Enterprises is a leading air transport management and travel technology company, headquartered in New Delhi. The company is comprised of InterGlobe Air Transport, Galileo India, InterGlobe Technololgies (IGT) and now IGT Solutions. InterGlobe has a history of successful business partnerships (some of these exceeding two decades) with 12 leading international airlines in India and four in the United Kingdom. In 1994, Galileo International appointed InterGlobe as its National Distribution Company in India. Galileo India is today the fastest growing computer reservation system in India. In 1997, InterGlobe consolidated its existing operations in software development and data management services and established a separate business unit, InterGlobe Technologies (IGT). The unique understanding and experience of the aviation and travel industry, together with its expertise in the area of information technology, has enabled InterGlobe to add value through the development of customized solutions for the industry. Further information on IGT Solutions is available on its Web site, www.igtsolutions.com .
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