SITA flies in ahead of rivals to land Qatar Airways network contract

Qatar Airways has awarded SITA a US$30m five-year contract to build and maintain an advanced telecommunications network infrastructure, which will connect all of the airline's locations to its reservations system, creating a fully managed network environment

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By  Administrator Published  February 1, 2007

Qatar Airways has awarded SITA a US$30m five-year contract to build and maintain an advanced telecommunications network infrastructure, which will connect all of the airline's locations to its reservations system, creating a fully managed network environment.

Akbar Al Baker, CEO at Qatar Airways, said: "SITA will seamlessly connect our offices in the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and Europe, and the network will improve the effectiveness of our business applications."

"It will also help us bridge the information and communication barriers that in the past have typified far-reaching global operations. SITA has demonstrated that they have both the technological expertise and solution offering required to meet our communication needs - both now, and in the future," Al Baker added.

SITA, which is a major supplier of information and telecommunications solutions to the air transport industry, is creating a fully managed global intranet for Qatar Airways. The new systems will leverage a suite of TCP/IP protocols and will run over SITA's IP VPN.

Hani El-Assaad, SITA regional VP for the Middle East and Turkey, said: "We are extremely pleased to be working with Qatar Airways and look forward to building on the close relationship we have enjoyed to date."

"Many leading companies have moved to IP and have used SITA's IP VPN to get them there."

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