Aviation IT spend takes off

UAE-based IT services outfit Itqan has signed an agreement with Spanish defence and air traffic management-focused IT giant Indra. The two companies will work together to take advantage of the growing market for aviation technology solutions in the UAE — a market expected to be worth US$82m per annum by 2010.

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By  Stuart Wilson Published  December 19, 2006

UAE-based IT services outfit Itqan has signed an agreement with Spanish defence and air traffic management-focused IT giant Indra. The two companies will work together to take advantage of the growing market for aviation technology solutions in the UAE — a market expected to be worth US$82m per annum by 2010. Firas Al Jabi, general manager at Itqan, said: “The new projects being implemented in the UAE aviation sector, particularly those in Abu Dhabi and Dubai will contribute actively to the growth of supporting sectors such as IT.” “Since its establishment, Itqan has been committed to improving the IT sector in the UAE. We have partnered with some of the leading IT companies in the world and have high expectations of the fast expanding aviation technology market,” he added. Itqan has now signed a memorandum of understanding with Indra — an 18,000-strong company with annual sales of approximately US$2.5 billion. Indra has partners in more than 70 countries spanning five continents. Alfonso Fernandez Rangel, ATM international manager at Indra, explained that the company had undertaken a rigorous evaluation process before partnering with Itqan. “Itqan is an expert in the IT field and we are confident that with the new IT applications that Indra has developed, we will be able to make tremendous progress in the UAE market,” Rangel commented. Itqan and Indra are not the only companies eying the potential for growth in the UAE’s aviation technology sector. Specialist integrators such as Bayanat DPS are also keen to make their mark in the sector. Georges Hannouche, CEO of Bayanat DPS, speaking at a recent airports conference in Abu Dhabi, said: “As the importance of the Middle East as a global transport hub is realised and regional travel levels build, the region’s airports and airlines need to ensure that the facilities in place are prepared for the challenges of the contemporary aviation industry, as well as having systems in place that are up to the task for the future.”

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