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Finnair migration to SITA IP-based network achieves 30% cost savings


Finland’s flag-carrier Finnair which carries nine million passengers annually today announced IT cost savings of 30% as a result of migrating to a new Internet Protocol (IP)-based network infrastructure with SITA which enables the deployment of new applications.

Kari Hanninen, Director, ICT Architectures Corporate Information Management, Finnair, said: “Over the last two years we have doubled our network bandwidth and achieved cost-savings of 30%. IP is the underlying communication technology that enables many new applications. Continuing to use SITA is a natural decision because of the significant cost savings achieved over the last two years. We are very satisfied with the performance of the network and the dedicated support we receive from SITA’s Professional Services.”

Finnair’s total passenger traffic grew by 16.2% in 2007 and as the airline continues to expand, this advanced network environment is critical in meeting increased demand and for running multiple applications concurrently. It has enabled Finnair to introduce new IP-based applications for customer relationship management and sales reporting in 50 cities across 30 counties.

Rob Watkins, SITA Regional Vice President for Northern Europe, said: “Such cost savings and performance improvement were achieved by using SITA’s Integrated Traffic Management (ITM), which allows application performance to be maximized and Wide Area Network (WAN) capacity increased, through compression and traffic-optimization techniques such as bandwidth management and path optimization. The Finnair example shows why the airline industry is well on the way to becoming the first totally web-enabled global industry.”

Finnair’s Communication Services are delivered through SITA’s Airport Hub program which provides connectivity over a shared infrastructure at airports which reduces the cost of ownership for the airlines. It has now renewed its agreement with SITA’s Communications Services Business Unit for another three years.


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