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  1. Jul 30, 2009 #1

    ALC Rail Writer

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    Random question... Amtrak's registration/roster/God in a computer system, ARROW-- I have seen it referenced as "Amtrak's Arrow" and "Amtrak's ARROW" (latter being an acronym).

    But I have never known what ARROW stands for if it is indeed an acronym.
     
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    I believe it is referenced after the pointless arrow logo. Maybe it should be renamed to WAVE for the current logo :D .

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    Thus it is just Arrow.

    On a similar note.. that's why it's Amtrak not AMTRAK. Amtrak is not an acronym, it is a portmanteau.
     
  4. Jul 30, 2009 #4

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    Would you be referring to the Pointless Arrow?
     
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    From Wikipedia:

    Shouldn't the "inverted arrow" have pointed down? At least the "pointless arrow" was more descriptive. I would have modified it to include a point at the end.

    The wave is forgettable, IMHO.

    Getting back on-topic, I would have to assume the "Arrow" system was named after the logo, and thus that the "ARROW" rendering (as an acronym) was simply an error (unless it was printed in a font that didn't distinguish upper- and lower-case letters).
     
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    Perhaps it has something to do with ARROW only displaying all caps. Therefore, ARROW's name for itself would have no lower-case letters.
     
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    I don't know if it is the same system, but the reservation system used by one of the major airlines (IIRC American Airlines - but I could be wrong) was called ARROW.
     
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    AA invented (and still uses) SABRE.

    The other three major GDSes are Amadeus, Galileo, and Worldspan. There's also one used in Asia called Abacus and another called Patheo, but the SABRE and the other three are the major forces.

    Haven't heard of a reservation system called Arrow--other than Amtrak's! (I could be misinformed, however, or it could be a system for internal use at an airline that isn't well known outside of that airline...)
     
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    And the original name of Galileo was Apollo, used by United. For years Apollo and SABRE dominated the airline CRS's. Arrow is a exclusive and outdated concoction of Amtrak.
     
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    Amtrak's

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    Online

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    That. Was. Awful.

    I mean you could at least try to make it look real:

    Amtrak

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    Roster

    Operating

    Wonderfully
     
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    A nice concise short history of whence Arrow came from can be found in the first article at this URL. Bottom line is they all have their roots in PARS.

    Also this article in Wikipedia may be found to be useful.
     
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    I note that they all call it ARROW as if it is an acronym but give no indication that it is actually an acronym.
     
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    Ain't

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    :lol: :lol: of course the system is only as good as the agent punching in the stuff.
     

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