Emirates IT jets off to Bangalore

Airline's IT division opens new tech centre in India

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By  Eliot Beer Published  April 6, 2008

Emirates Airline’s IT division has opened a new development centre in India aimed at improving its technology offerings to clients, including airlines such as British Airways, Gulf Air and Qantas.

The new Dedicated Development Centre (DDC), based in Bangalore, will provide services including product and application development, technology consulting and project management. The DDC will be run by Mercator, Emirates’ IT division, and Covansys, a Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) company.

“The inauguration of the centre is followed by almost four years of project association between Emirates Group and Covansys.  Emirates Group, and in particular Mercator, is a strategic account for CSC India and we are excited to be a part of their aggressive growth plans,” said Raj B Vattikuti, group president of CSC India.

Mercator says the centre offers a range of technologies, including Java, Oracle, .Net and ERP, as well as niche options. The firm aims to strengthen its development capabilities and improve its position as an IT supplier to the aviation industry.

“The inauguration of Mercator’s DDC facility is a very happy moment for all of us. We have achieved a key landmark in our IT sourcing strategy. With a goal to satisfy the diverse needs and IT challenges of Emirates Group, we are also keen to satisfy our other customers around the world. This relationship with CSC India definitely ensures success in fuelling the growth of both organisations by developing innovative and cutting edge IT solutions,” said Patrick Naef, divisional senior vice president of IT at Emirates Group and head of Mercator.

Mercator is a significant player in the aviation IT sector, and supplies services to a number of major airlines, including Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Gulf Air, Qantas, British Airways, and Emirates itself.,

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