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BEIJING, January 12, 2006 – SITA, the leading provider of IT applications to the air transport industry, today announced that it has been selected by Beijing Capital International Airport (BCIA) to equip the new Terminal Three (T3) with its passenger check-in platform which will see the capacity of the airport more than double in time for the 2008 Olympic Games.

This continues a long tradition for SITA of playing a vital role in helping Olympic Games host countries to gear up for unprecedented volumes of passenger traffic. BCIA’s T3 will double the airport’s passenger capacity from 27 million to 68 million, and will serve the several million visitors expected to travel to Beijing for the Olympic Games in 2008.

“As preparations for the 2008 Olympics intensify, we see a need to work closely with a partner who is experienced in handling such a large-scale project. We have worked well with SITA over the years and we are pleased to continue this partnership" said Mr. Chen Guo Xing, chief commander of BCIA Expansion Project Headquarters.

”We need a proven robust, reliable and secure system capable of handling the increased volume of passengers. Over the last few years, SITA’s CUTE system has helped us to reduce check-in and boarding times in Terminal 2, and this has given us the confidence that their system is the best choice for Terminal 3” said Chen.

The $10.8 million contract covers the installation of SITA’s renowned common use check-in platform AirportConnect CUTE, already installed in over 200 major airports worldwide, and will support up to 500 CUTE workstations at BCIA’s T3A and T3B terminal buildings.

In addition, SITA will install and maintain BagMessage, the global message distribution system; and AirportConnect Platform Services, the next generation multi-purpose operating platform for airports that ‘virtualises’ the connection between workstation, application and peripheral.

This follows on a $5 million three-year contract signed last year whereby SITA was contracted to continue managing the CUTE check-in system for the 26 million passengers which pass through BCIA’s Terminal Two each year.

"We are delighted to be involved in yet another key Olympic project and to be working closely with BCIA to deliver a world-class system that meets the needs of the airlines and the airport,” said Elyes M’Rad, SITA Regional Vice-President for North Asia and China.

“BCIA’s decision to choose SITA to deliver an integral part of their IT system is further testimony to our ability to provide airports and airlines with secure, profitable and innovative solutions,” commented M’Rad.

SITA’s AirportConnect CUTE system offers end-to-end connectivity from host to the airport desktop, providing airlines with access to their own systems on an open industry platform. Each CUTE workstation uses a pre-integrated browser and is connected over IP to support the individual airline needs. SITA developed the first shared-use workstations, and its terminals are now used by some 285 customers at over 200 airport locations worldwide, processing over 580 million passengers annually.
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For further information contact:
Joanna Masson / Lorna Thompson SITA Press Office Octopus Communications Tel: +44 (0) 1753 672 755 Email: sita@octopuscomms.net
SITA INC Denis McClean, Director, Public Relations Tel: +41-22-747-6824 Mobile: +41-79-2173357 Email: Denis.McClean@sita.aero

Notes to Editors:
About SITA INC

SITA INC (Information Networking Computing) is the world's leading provider of IT business solutions to the air transport industry. We are the market leader in the provision of common use services to airports and the main provider of air-to-ground communications to airlines. SITA INC delivers a comprehensive portfolio of e-commerce solutions for airlines and is pioneering new technologies in other areas such as flight automation and transportation security. Motivated by industry concern for lower costs, asset optimisation and an improved passenger experience, we aim to simplify travel and transportation. We have two main subsidiaries: OnAir, which is leading the race to bring in-flight mobile telephony to the market in 2006, and CHAMP Cargosystems, the world's only IT company solely dedicated to air cargo. SITA INC is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland and recorded revenues of US$642 million in 2004.

Further information can be found at www.sita.aero

About Beijing Capital International Airport
Beijing Capital International Airport (BCIA) opened in 1980 with Terminal 1 serving 60 flights daily and 1,500 passengers at peak hours. In November 1999, Terminal 2 was officially opened to handle the increase in passenger and cargo traffic. Terminal 2 is able to handle 26 million passengers yearly and 9,210 passengers at peak hours. Currently, BCIA serves 11 domestic companies and 55 foreign companies, with more than 5,000 scheduled flights to 88 cities in China and 69 cities abroad.

Further information on Beijing Capital International Airport can be found at www.bcia.com.cn

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