SITA develops cloud based airline system

Air transport technology specialist SITA is to build a community cloud system dedicated to the air transport industry (ATI).

The new cloud program will be designed to improve efficiencies and reduce costs, while building on SITA’s current role in the industry.

It will include infrastructure, platform, desktop and software-as-a-service offerings, which will enable true end-to-end business and IT solutions on demand for the unique needs of air transport.

Francesco Violante, SITA CEO, said: “SITA has a successful 60-year track record of working solely for the air transport community, taking a long-term view and investing for the industry’s future.”

“Our global communications backbone and industry knowledge provides the foundation for our investment in the ATI Cloud.”

The new program is already well underway and SITA said it should go live in June. They have promised the new program will be Agile, Consistent across all platforms and regions, fully integrated and customisable.

Gregory Ouillon, SITA’s Vice President heading the ATI Cloud programme, said: “The ATI Cloud will be a game changer for the industry. For example, by deploying new applications on virtual servers and by providing access to desktops in the cloud to its ground operations staff and partners, an airline will be able to adapt its IT to route expansion, disruption or traffic spikes at lower cost.”

“Such deployments would normally take months but with the ATI Cloud all operators at the various locations globally will have their applications instantly.”

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