NCR Corp. ( NCR ) recently provided
its TouchPort check-in kiosks to Ordos Ejin Horo Airport in China
and AviancaTaca, a Latin American airline. Financial details of the
deals were not divulged.
Both AviancaTaca and Ordos Ejin Horo Airport will use the kiosks
to handle growing number of passengers. AviancaTaca is continually
adding new planes and routes, which have increased its passengers
and ultimately called for a need to deploy check-in kiosks to avoid
congestion at the counters.
The Ordos Ejin Horo Airport, which serves 10 airlines and
currently manages roughly 1 million passengers per year, also
intends to provide its passengers with self-check-in facilities and
flight information. Passengers can also change seats, check
itineraries and print boarding passes through a single
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The NCR TouchPort check-in solution is expected to enhance
AviancaTaca and Ordos Ejin Horo Airport customers' travel
experience and eventually boost its revenue stream. The solution
will also free up employees handling the check-in process, allowing
them to serve customers with more complex travel needs.
The airline industry is growing by leaps and bounds to keep pace
with increasing passenger demand. Hence, a faster check-in system
is necessary to avoid a bottleneck at the counters and serve
passengers efficiently. We think that this would provide a good
business opportunity for NCR TouchPort, going forward.
NCR has been serving the travel industry for quite some time. The
rich industry exposure helps it to deliver products and services
needed to satisfy changing demands. During the recently concluded
fourth quarter 2012, NCR witnessed strong momentum in its travel
business supported by solid order growth. The company also expects
the momentum to continue in 2013.
Though NCR's grip into the travel space is solid, we think similar
offerings from IBM Corp. ( IBM ) could curb NCR's
Currently, NCR Corp. has a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). Investors can also
consider other technology stocks such as Concurrent
Computer Corp. ( CCUR ) and
Faro Technologies Inc. ( FARO ), which carry a
Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).