Japan Airlines instigated a major project to help protect and improve their international passenger handling operation at all Japanese and a number of critical overseas sites. The main aims of the project were to provide:
- a comprehensive Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery solution in the event the airline DCS was unavailable
- a simple GUI for check-in and boarding to simplify agent training and enhance the passenger experience
JAL selected Damarel to build the solution, relying on our unique understanding of the aviation industry and reputation for producing software that can be relied on in such a critical operation.
From the outset these products revolutionised the check-in and boarding of international flights handled by JAL. Their check-in staff, of which there were more than 1,000 employed at Tokyo Narita airport alone, were no longer required to undergo the intensive training in native command line entries common to the majority of airline DCSs at the time. Agent training times and consequently training costs were slashed. The new system with its sleek graphical interface delivered a more efficient passenger processing experience with reduced passenger check-in times and fewer check-in errors.
In all, Damarel produced graphical systems for check-in, automated boarding, baggage reconciliation, offline printing, lounge registration and flight set-up & monitoring.
Backup Departure Control System
A unique innovation was the development of a Backup DCS (B-DCS) to maintain the smooth check-in and boarding of flights with no disruption in the event of an outage of JAL’s primary departure control system. The team at Damarel worked closely with JAL to develop a ‘hot standby’ solution. Connectivity with the primary DCS allows B-DCS to take over flights immediately in the event of an outage. The potential cost and damage to reputation from a check-in system failure is significant. It is vital to put in place a strong business continuity and disaster recovery strategy.
Hide Isomura, Director, Head of Airport Passenger Solutions confirms the importance of B-DCS to the team at JAL:
Damarel’s DCS applications are under constant development as customer needs evolve and authorities update their requirements. The fact that the core of these solutions is still in use by JAL today – more than 15 years after initial development – is testament to the efficiency and resilience of the systems provided. We’re proud to have helped JAL maintain the highest possible standards of customer service, wherever they operate.