SITA bags three year deal with Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways has signed a three-year deal with SITA for communication services using the orbiting Inmarsat satellites.
Aviation IT specialist SITA has struck a three-year deal with flag carrier Qatar Airways to provide the latter with communication services.
According to Hani El Assaad, SITA regional vice president for the Middle East and North Africa, the company already provides a number of cockpit-based data communication services to airlines in the Gulf States using existing Inmarsat satellites, and Qatar Airways is the latest to benefit from this arrangement.
"The service provides access to the expanding number of Air Traffic Control agencies that have begun to use aircraft data link to optimise flight routes. Our new AIRCOM IP service will also be securely integrated into the Qatar Airways IT environment. We are very pleased at the confidence that this outstanding airline has shown in SITA," commented Assaad.
The agreement comes as Qatar Airways plans a significant expansion of its fleet over the fleet in the next three years from 80 to 120 planes in total, including the as-yet unreleased Boeing 787.
Qatar Airways CEO, Akbar Al Baker, said: "This growth needs to be supported by a partner who is leading the way when it comes to use of satellite and ground communications between the cockpit and the control tower. SITA was the first to utilise the new 4th generation Inmarsat satellites for this purpose and we are confident that SITA can support our expansion which includes the introduction of six new long-haul routes this year."