IT has always been the backbone of the airline business, and because of globalization fast networks and advanced applications are more important than ever. Airlines are striving to differentiate their brands, increase cross-airline collaboration, and streamline operations. All of these business goals heavily depend on a solid IT infrastructure, but legacy applications and protocols simply cannot keep pace with the performance the industry requires today.
The stakeholders of the air transportation vertical, including aircraft manufacturers, airport operators, and airlines, used to work in silos and were primarily driven by engineering objectives, such as building and operating bigger and faster airplanes. Today, their main goals are happy passengers, streamlined operations, and an engaged workforce. IT is the foundation for achieving all of those goals.
Société Internationale de Télécommunications Aéronautiques (SITA), the leading IT vendor to the airline industry, and Riverbed Technology have partnered to address the challenges of the evolving airline industry. SITA delivers and manages business solutions for airlines, airports, governments, and global distribution systems (GDS) providers over the world’s most extensive communications network ever built for the exclusive used of the air transport industry. Riverbed ® offers IT solutions that dramatically increase performance of highly specialized airline applications such as reservation systems as well as generic email or file sharing apps.
Airline initiatives, where Riverbed is key:
- Foster cross-airline collaboration
- Increase operational efficiency