AMERICAN AIRLINES and global communications network company SITA have agreed, on a $50 million deal linking 6,000 locations worldwide, into the massive Sabre computer reservations system via the SITA network. The system is owned by American's parent AMR.

Sabre's data-network services managing director Don Wilkins says: "We selected SITA because their global network will enable American to expand quickly our Sabre products in the international arena." The intention, says American, is to connect reservations agents and offices throughout Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa and Australasia.

SITA says that under the new deal it will provide American Airlines, already a SITA customer, with a single point of contact for ordering, provisioning and global network management.

Source: Flight International