Circling for Customers

BOSTON (05/20/2000) - Potential competitors have called the as-yet unnamed and unlaunched airline Web site everything from an online ticket-selling monopoly to nothing more than a collection of press releases.

Alex Zoghlin, CTO at the company, promises it will be neither. "We have in excess of 100 bodies working on it every day," Zoghlin said. "We're for real." He said he hopes to have the site named and operational by the end of the summer - and to beat other ticket-selling venues at their own game.

Even though the site was created by the nation's largest airlines, Zoghlin said it will operate like that of any other online ticket vendor by pulling fares from industry clearinghouses.

"We all draw from the same information, though we don't all come up with the same conclusions," he said. Zoghlin added that the real advantage will be T2's search engine, which will use XML and Java to sift through billions of fare combinations in search of the lowest fares.

He intends to run the whole system on 250 PCs with 800-MHz processors rather than on a mainframe.

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