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Amadeus opens IT Competency Center in Chicago

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Amadeus, a global provider of technology solutions to the travel and tourism industry, has opened a new North America IT Competency Center in suburban Chicago. The new center will initially support the implementation of the companys Alta airline IT suite for its North American launch partner, United Airlines. Amadeus also plans to utilize the center in the future to provide localized technical and engineering support for other airline and travel industry customers as the company continues to expand its technology presence in North America.

We are thrilled to unveil the North America IT Competency Center and to start transitioning the United project into the implementation phase with our teams on the ground in Chicago, said Mabrouk Sediri, Director, STAR Program, Amadeus, who heads up the Competency Center. With an airline IT platform as extensive as Alta and our commitment to delivering a successful implementation for United, this Center will be an integral component of the projects success as well as Amadeus' continued growth in North America.

The North America IT Competency Center is modeled after the centers that Amadeus has established to support British Airways in London, UK, and Qantas in Sydney, Australia, as both major global carriers moved their IT systems to the Alta platform. Now, as United Airlines begins moving forward with its Alta implementation, Amadeus will be able to provide a specialized group of IT professionals to work alongside United in the center located in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

In addition to the United Alta project, Amadeus envisions that the Chicago location will continue to expand and provide IT support and customized development services for current and future Amadeus customers. Amadeus' regional headquarter office in Miami will continue to handle account management and sales activities for Amadeus' North American airline customers. The Miami office also provides sales and marketing, product management, commercial operations, and customer support and training for Amadeus North America's travel agency, travel supplier and specialty customers.

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