PARIS – 20 September 2007 – Over 100 French regional airports will now be able to deploy IT technology on a similar scale to the big city airports thanks to an agreement between the French IT distributor, Eclipse, and SITA, which provides check-in systems to more than 200 large airports worldwide.
Eclipse today became a member of the SITA Channel Partner Program which aims at making state-of-the art IT technology available for the first time to small and medium-sized airports handling up to five million passengers per year as this sector expands thanks to the growth of low cost carriers and the worldwide surge in passenger traffic over the last two years.
Marc Pinault, CEO of Eclipse, said: "Thanks to our partnership with SITA, small and medium-sized airports in France can now take advantage of the same technologies as larger airports. There is a real need to modernise IT infrastructure and to optimize the capacity of France's network of regional airports so they become more attractive for both passengers and airlines."
Average growth last year exceeded 5% in the French regional airport market which caters to almost 40 million passengers annually through a network of over 100 airports.
Umar Khan, Vice President of SITA’s Channel Partner Program, said: “Passenger numbers worldwide have jumped from 1.6 billion in 2003 to over 2.2 billion last year and a good proportion of this growth has come through small and medium-sized airports which are often the airports of choice for low-cost carriers.
“Passenger and airline expectations in regional airports can only be met if the very latest technology is available to ensure a smooth flow of passengers through the airport from check-in to boarding and baggage management. We are actively working with partners like Eclipse to ensure that the benefits of the latest IT technology can now be felt at small and medium-sized airports as well as the large ones where our systems are universally available.”
Eclipse can now distribute SITA's products and services in France's regional airports. The agreement will make shared-use passenger and baggage processing solutions widely available.
Solutions and services available under the Indirect Channels label includes SITA's flagship check-in applications, such as AirportConnect CUTE, AirportConnect Kiosk, Bag Manager, Bag Message and DCS (Departure Control System) in Application Service Provider mode, thereby helping airports to reduce the total cost of ownership.
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Notes to Editors:
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 consolidated revenues of US$1.481 billion (€ 1.194 billion) in 2006.
Further information can be found at www.sita.aero
Based in Paris and founded in 1996, Eclipse is a French company delivering IT services and integrated solutions. It is a key player in the civil and military air transport sectors. A SITA distributor for the Inmarsat Satcom & Aircom services for military, governmental and corporate air operators, Eclipse is also the official aeronautical partner of Vizada (formerly France Telecom Mobile Satellite Communications) worldwide.
The company features a team dedicated exclusively to the French market and a helpdesk, available 24/7. Eclipse's references in France include major companies from the public and private sectors, such as the Army, the Navy, French Customs and Excise, Dassault Aviation, the Air Promotion Group, Airports and Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
Joanna Timmermann / Ben McDonough
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