The Sabre Group is to resell Sun's Javastation and server software to its 40 airline and 75,000 travel agent customers, in what looks like Sun's largest deal for its network computers.
The NCs have come in for a lot of criticism since they were launched in October 1996, and this will be a welcome boost and a piece of favourable publicity.
But Sun UK could not confirm the reselling agreement with the giant airline reservation organisation.
Richard Barrington, Sun UK spokesman said: "Sabre's been using the NCs, trialing them in the ongoing development of the Qik-Access real time reservation system that connects with other reservation systems [announced early last month]. But I don't know anything about a reselling agreement. It's a lovely story if it's true."
Texas based Sabre was more informed. Jennifer Hudson, Sabre's spokeswoman, confirmed that a reselling deal was announced on Tuesday in Munich, Germany at a user conference for Sabre's Qik-Access reservations software, and that Sabre will resell other Sun kit, yet to be identified.
"The Javastation will be recommended by Sabre as the preferred system to run Qik-Access," said Hudson.
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