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HOW DO YOU MOVE 2,367,096,000,000 BYTES OF INFORMATION FROM KANSAS CITY TO ATLANTA? ASK WORLDSPAN AND IBM

 ATLANTA, Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- WORLDSPAN Travel Information Services completed the relocation of travel service and information data for approximately 10,000 travel agency and associate customers to its new multi-million-dollar data processing center here.
 As part of the relocation, computer processing for Northwest Airlines, Trans World Airlines and Abacus Distribution Systems now takes place at the new WORLDSPAN Data Center. The complex relocation process packed more than 150 staff years of work into less than one calendar year, with more than 1,000 people involved.
 The "flash-cut" relocation involved the complete re-termination of a massive existing network consisting of approximately 93,000 computer terminals and printers. Preceded by four trial runs, the relocation process was conducted over a weekend to minimize impact to customers. System data was transferred to 500 high-density tape cartridges and flown by chartered jet to Atlanta. The data was restored in the new facility and the integrity of the database was validated in a matter of hours. During the process, the system was off-line only two hours.
 IBM provided support for the entire system relocation process as part of the multi-year strategic information systems agreement signed by IBM and WORLDSPAN earlier this year. IBM mainframe hardware comprises the backbone of the unified WORLDSPAN system.
 "From both a customer point of view and a technological point of view, the system relocation has been a complete success," said George Balog, WORLDSPAN's senior vice president - operations and technology. "Our team, working with our technology partners at IBM, flawlessly executed an extraordinarily complex process. As a result, our customers in more than 30 countries can take advantage of expanded system capacity and increased reliability. This milestone moves us closer to our goal of creating a completely unified WORLDSPAN system."
 Other elements of WORLDSPAN's move toward a unified system include the implementation of a new global communications network and the gradual migration of WORLDSPAN's DATAS II(R) customers to the unified system. Both of these elements are underway and will be complete by September 1994.
 "We would like to congratulate WORLDSPAN on this accomplishment," said Harris Warsaw, IBM's Georgia trading area manager. "IBM is proud that its mainframe systems were selected by WORLDSPAN as the backbone of its cutting-edge reservations and information system and that we serve as a technical partner. The IBM team of 40 professionals who supported this process included technical experts from our development laboratories, systems engineers, software specialists, consultants and 15 customer engineers who were on call 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week to guarantee a smooth and problem-free installation."
 WORLDSPAN was founded on Feb. 7, 1990, to develop and market a global computer reservations system (CRS). The establishment of the new Data Center and mainframe system is in keeping with the charter agreement to combine superior functionality of the PARS(R) and DATAS II computer reservations systems onto a new mainframe under the WORLDSPAN partnership. WORLDSPAN currently serves 11,600 travel agency subscribers worldwide.
 WORLDSPAN offers a broad selection of reservations, ticketing and office automation products to the domestic and international travel industry. The company is jointly owned by affiliates of Delta Air Lines, Northwest Airlines, Trans World Airlines and by Abacus Distribution Systems Pte Ltd, the Asia/Pacific computer reservations system company based in Singapore. WORLDSPAN's world headquarters are located in Atlanta.
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 /CONTACT: Greg Hammer of WORLDSPAN, 404-563-7869, or Pam Evans of IBM, 404-877-6165/
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