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24 April 2007

The transformation of Russia’s oldest airport, Vnukovo International, into a world-class international hub with the capacity to handle 26 million passengers, took a major step forward today with the signing of a contract for SITA to deploy its AirportConnect CUTE (Common-Use Terminal Equipment) IT platform throughout the existing terminal and the new international terminal due to open next year.

SITA, the leading provider of IT business and communication solutions to airports worldwide, will provide Vnukovo International with Russia’s first CUTE system which will greatly simplify the management of the airport IT infrastructure allowing common-use of work-stations by airlines and other tenants in a transparent and cost-effective manner. It will also position the airport for the future adoption of self-service technologies such as self-service kiosks and web check-in.

Vasilij Aleksandrov, Director General, Vnukovo International, said, “We are now entering a strategic partnership with SITA to optimise our IT capacity. Vnukovo has already been confirmed by the Airports Council International as Europe’s most rapidly developing airport serving five million passengers last year but we need to transform ourselves to meet the demands of an additional 20 to 22 million passengers once traffic starts to grow at the new international terminal which comes into operation next year.

“The AirportConnect CUTE platform allows maximum use of shared infrastructure while providing airlines with access to their own systems. Self-service is emerging as a priority for Russian airlines and we will now be in a position to develop a more sophisticated IT environment for our customers.”

SITA is working with the local DCS (Departure Control System) suppliers to ensure that all airlines at Vnukovo can be connected to AirportConnect CUTE which enables airlines and handling agents to access their own systems from workstations and printers shared by all users. It will also allow them to align with IATA’s requirements such as the 2D bar code and RFID-enabled printers.

Ilya Gutlin, SITA’s regional Vice President, said, “This is a major development in the Russian airport market which is growing to meet the needs of a booming economy. SITA’s AirportConnect CUTE provides a straightforward solution to the facilitation of a common-use environment at this major gateway. It allows for optimum use of existing check-in counter and gate resources and improves airline profitability by reducing costs.

”Vnukovo is blazing a trail for the rest of Russia. There are more than 25,000 CUTE intelligent work stations in use at over 200 airports worldwide, including the world’s busiest international hubs so Vnukovo is in good company.”


For further information contact:

Joanna Masson / Lorna Thompson
SITA Press Office
Octopus Communications
Tel: +44 (0) 8453 700 655

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About SITA

SITA is the world's leading service provider of integrated IT business solutions and communication services for the air transport industry. SITA manages complex communication solutions for its air transport, government and GDS customers over the world's most extensive communication network, complemented by consultancy in the design, deployment and integration of communication services. Its broad range of airline and airport IT applications and services includes airport operations and integrated baggage services, common use and desktop services, flight operations and air-to-ground communications and end-to-end airline distribution and fares services.

SITA has two main subsidiaries: OnAir, which is leading the race to bring in-flight mobile telephony to the market, and CHAMP Cargosystems, the world's only IT company solely dedicated to air cargo. SITA also operates two joint ventures providing services to the air transport community: Aviareto for aircraft asset management and CertiPath for secure electronic identity management. In addition, SITA sponsors .aero, the Internet top level domain reserved exclusively for aviation.

SITA covers 220 countries and territories and the head office is in Geneva, Switzerland. SITA had aggregated revenues of US$ 1.554 billion in 2005 (€ 1.295 billion).

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