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Tata-SIA ties up with SITA for aircraft communication

Agreement includes SITA's air-to-ground airline operations and datalink service, flight briefing services, and a comprehensive network solution

Sharmistha Mukherjee  |  New Delhi 


Vistara, the proposed airline by the Tata Group- Singapore Airlines (SIA) alliance, on Thursday signed an agreement for aircraft communications, airline operations and network connectivity with SITA. Declining to disclose the size of the deal, SITA’s president for middle east and Africa Hani El-Assaad said: “The value of the deal will depend on a lot of factors, such as the growth the airline achieves in the years ahead.”

The pact includes SITA’s air-to-ground airline operations and data link service, flight briefing services, and a comprehensive network solution connecting Vistara’s ground operations for critical passenger services. Vistara is SITA’s first ‘flight briefing’ customer in India. SITA Flight Briefing will provide the airline with computerised flight plans and data such as in-flight weather updates and airport information.

SITA executives explained that the airline initially will use SITA's global IP Network to connect its back offices, ticketing desks and check-in counters at 10 airports across India with its passenger services system.

In addition, Vistara has subscribed to SITA's Type B messaging service - the industry's largest message distribution service - for critical air transport industry operational messages.

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First Published: Fri, October 17 2014. 00:10 IST