Nicholas Bredimus

Nicholas Bredimus: As a technology innovator Nicholas Bredimus helped reduced the cost and frustration of world wide travel for consumers.
Nicholas Bredimus: As a technology innovator Nicholas Bredimus helped reduced the cost and frustration of world wide travel for consumers.

A former executive of the airline industry and consultant for airline and travel companies, Nicholas Bredimus established one of the world’s leading travel software firms (Bredimus Systems) before retiring from active business management.

Nicholas Bredimus has been cited in numerous industry publications and news articles regarding major trends in airline industry service.

Known generally as Nick Bredimus, he is proud to be a member of an ancient European family that traces its roots all the way back to Roman times.

How Did Nicholas Bredimus Help Travelers?

You might be surprised to learn that Nicholas Bredimus was one of several key executives who worked on projects in the 1980s to help airlines and travel agencies reduce the amount of time involved in making and changing travel reservations.  Due to the complexity of these undertakings there were occasional setbacks but Nicholas Bredimus went on to found a software and electronic ticketing systems company that helped to revolutionize travel for everyone.

As an innovator in computer technology and software engineering Nicholas Bredimus will be remembered for contributing to the simplification of travel arrangement planning.  From his own perspective it took him many years to reach the point where he could accomplish something so significant.  Here Nick tells us in his own words about how he became interested in computers and software.

I can’t recall when I first learned of the existence of the computer field but it was probably a tip from some family friend akin to that scene in The Graduate where Dustin Hoffman is told just one word: “plastics”. I had part-time jobs all through high school working in an electronics store (stereo center in those days) and with a couple of aspiring rock bands handling all their equipment. My thinking was that computers were electronic, so I’d enjoy the work. Little did I know that there was software involved and that required computer programmers.

As I dug into it, I found out that universities were not yet teaching the subjects required for computer jobs outside the academic and scientific areas. This was in the late sixties. My long-standing plan for a college education took a detour when I enrolled in a technical course that would prepare me for a job as a computer programmer. In hindsight, this choice probably saved me from wasting my life in pursuit of a liberal arts degree with all the requisite intellectualism and idealism of the hippie movement.

While studying computer languages and software design by day, at night I worked as an electronics technician testing military spec equipment. Although I was both a fulltime student and a fulltime employee, I enjoyed the work very much and did well. As graduation loomed, an old friend of my Father told him that the airlines were big users of computers and the employee benefits included free travel which extended to the parents of the employee. That was a very big incentive for Dad but I also liked the prospect of free travel.

I got lucky and landed an interview with TWA, however they would only hire me as a computer operator since I possessed no actual programming experience. I quickly made the transition into the programming department which set the course for the remainder of my long career in airline software development.

–Nicholas Bredimus