China Eastern Partners SITA

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Thursday, 7 April 2011

China Eastern Airlines has gone live with a worldwide corporate network solution to support its global expansion plans as it merges with Shanghai Airlines and prepares to join the Skyteam alliance.

China Eastern Airlines, which has a fleet of more than 330 aircraft flying domestically and internationally to Asia, Europe, North America, Canada and Australia, will now be supported by a global roll-out of SITAs Application Performance Solution comprising IP VPN, the IPSec service and Integrated Traffic Management. These secure solutions will initially connect the airlines Shanghai headquarters with Chicago, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Paris, Seoul, Taipei and Tokyo. SITA is also providing additional LAN services.

 The project will bring significant cost savings and the higher bandwidth will allow use of more airline business applications for the airline which operates two hubs at Shanghais Pudong International Airport and Hongqiao International Airport.

Kevin Cai, CIO, China Eastern Airlines, said, "This new investment is best enabled by a single network provider like SITA. It will lay the groundwork to build a state-of-the-art infrastructure over a secure communications network. Its a comprehensive solution designed to meet the increasing complexity of application performance. The ultimate beneficiaries will be our passengers as we improve the quality and availability of our services."

In addition, SITA has deployed a proof of concept turnkey remote office infrastructure for the airlines Japanese operations aimed at increasing China Easterns flexibility and speed in setting up new offices as the airline grows.

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