Emirates takes off with $6m desktop deal

Emirates Airlines is replacing all of its desktops worldwide as part of sweeping changes to its IT hardware, it has announced.

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By  Daniel Stanton Published  June 19, 2006

Emirates Airlines is replacing all of its desktops worldwide as part of sweeping changes to its IT hardware, it has announced. At a signing ceremony today, Emirates agreed to source all of its desktops for the next three years from Acer and systems integrator NTS. The deal will involve at least 21,000 desktop computers, and the figure could be more than double that, depending on demand. “It’s a long term contract, there’s no specific value,” said Adil Al Mulla, vicepresident, procurement and logistics (services), Emirates. “It depends on our requirements.” However, Krishna Murthy, general manager, Acer Middle East, estimated that the deal could be worth as much as US$6m. “On the desktop front, the signing of our deal through NTS is very significant because Emirates is a world-renowned airline,” said Murthy. “In the corporate segment this is by far our biggest deal.” The Acer Veriton 2800 series desktops will replace Dell systems, and units for use in the airline’s UAE headquarters will be assembled in Acer’s Dubai plant. “This is a good showcase of our capability, and a third party, especially a global airline like Emirates, endorsing Acer’s capacity,” said Murthy. “Before it used to be more like a home PC but now we are a corporate PC - we can cater to both the segments, the consumer and the corporates.” He added: “Since we have been a leader in the notebooks, this deal will position us to be a leader in the desktops.” Emirates recently replaced its monitors with LG screens and has made a commitment to upgrading its hardware in more than 120 countries in which it operates.

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