August 11, 2008

Middle East Airlines Agrees $3 Million Global It Upgrade With Sita to Boost Speed and Data Access

Middle East airlines agrees $3 million global it upgrade with Sita to boost speed and data access

SITA, the specialist provider of IT business solutions and communication services for airlines, today announced a five-year $3 million agreement with Middle East Airlines, Lebanon's national airline, to implement and maintain an advanced communication and data infrastructure across 20 of their sites globally. The implementation will result in speed and data access higher than current levels.

Adib Chreif, Chief Information officer of Middle East Airlines said: "SITA's IP VPN (Internet Protocol Virtual Private Network) will enable us to connect our offices around the world reliably and seamlessly through one service provider. The IP VPN network will improve the effectiveness of our business applications and cut down on our operating costs. SITA has demonstrated that it has the advanced technologies, industry expertise, and round-the-clock support required to meet our evolving communication needs."

This migration to IP by MEA is part of the global airline community's commitment to become the first fully IP-enabled industry.

Hani El Assaad, SITA Regional Vice-President, Middle East & Turkey said: "SITA is very glad that despite the various challenges faced in Lebanon in recent times, we were able to work closely with Middle East Airlines to understand their business and address the challenges together to make this IP migration a success. It clearly demonstrates MEA's commitment to provide their global customer base with the latest and best services to simplify their travel.

"The new solutions will help MEA by adding more flexibility, security and bandwidth to their network-supported services over SITA's (IP VPN) secure network, the world's largest private communications network."

SITA will provide secure Internet access to MEA network users at their sites around the world and will connect their headquarters in Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport to 19 outstations globally through one regional, secured Internet gateway. Project implementation is underway and will take up to nine months to complete. 2008 Al Bawaba (

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