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Kiwi tech firm wins AirAsia contract

New Zealand software company Merlot Aero has won the business of AirAsia with a US$1 million-plus deal that will see both AirAsia and sister company AirAsia X using Merlot's airline management system.

New Zealand software company Merlot Aero has won the business of AirAsia with a US$1 million-plus deal that will see both AirAsia and sister company AirAsia X using Merlot's airline management system.

The system will be rolled out in November, with full implementation expected to be completed by mid 2012.

Merlot Aero chief executive Mark McCaughan said the merlot.aero software forecast, measured and reported on daily aircraft and crew utilisation, including ensuring that staff flew within their hourly limits.

"In simple terms, it touches every aspect of airline management. It has an ‘always-on’ cloud reliability which, coupled with cost savings over traditional models, appeals to major airlines, like AirAsia."

It's a major coup for the firm, as the airline is the largest low-cost carrier in Asia with approximately 139 routes.

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