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Delta Air Lines, IBM, Modem Media Set to Deliver Travel Service Via Hand-Held Devices

Delta is one of first U.S. airlines to test new wireless travel services: Trials Now Underway; Nationwide Service Planned for Early 2000

Delta Air Lines is working with IBM & Modem Media to develop & test a new travel service that gives its customers wireless access to up - 07 Dec 1999: by Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine, is the world's most flown carrier. More than 105 million passengers traveled on Delta in 1998. Delta, Delta Express, the Delta Shuttle, the Delta Connection carriers and Delta's Worldwide Partners operate 5,395 flights each day to 363 cities in 60 countries. Delta's Web site is located at www.delta-air.com .

Editors Note on the enabling technology:

Delivering information over the Internet to a mobile phone or other wireless hand-held device has the considerable challenge of sending and presenting data in a way that makes it useable on a wireless telephone screen and other hand-held devices. Converting the existing data and applications on Delta's Web site into the appropriate format for these new devices requires new software and services to filter and adapt content. To address this challenge, IBM and Modem
Media are working with Delta and its subsidiary Delta Technology to write a Java application to translate Delta's travel information into eXtensible Markup Language (XML). The team is using IBM's transcoding technology to filter and adapt content on the fly to a form more suitable for handheld devices. IBM is also providing consulting and systems integration services and Java application development tools (VisualAge Java). IBM is a registered trademark of the International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE: IBM). Java and all Java-based trademarks and logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc., in the United States, other countries, or both.

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Contact(s) information

Linda Hanson
IBM
(914) 642-5447
hansonmu@us.ibm.com

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