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Israel’s national carrier El Al addresses bandwidth requirements through SITA managed solution


Geneva, Switzerland – November 23, 2005, SITA paves way for bandwidth-intensive applications by securely offloading non-mission critical network traffic onto the Internet.

SITA SC, the only global communication services integrator dedicated to the travel and transportation industry (TTI), today announced it is implementing a secure Internet offload solution across 61 sites for Israel’s national airline, El Al. The solution frees up network bandwidth for mission critical applications and extends network redundancy, providing a more cost effective network solution.

SITA will be integrating and managing the secure solution into El Al’s existing infrastructure. In April 2005, the solution had been implemented across four sites (Tel Aviv, New York, Paris and Marseilles) and now it encompasses over 50 sites – with 61 locations in total to be targeted by the end of the year.

“Partnering with SITA for Internet offload was the obvious choice,” says Itzik Cohen, Infrastructure and Communications Director at El Al. “Nobody knows more about managing network traffic, and how to keep it secure, yet flexible. Security in every area of our business is our number one priority.”

“We’ve been working for the community for over 50 years, and we understand just how important it is for airlines such as El Al to keep their network traffic safe – whether it is being carried over private or public networks,” says Brijdeep Sahi, Vice President Marketing, SITA SC. “Our Internet offload solutions offers just that: complete security at all times – as well as increased bandwidth and extended network-path redundancy, at a reduced cost.”
About El Al

El Al Israel Airlines is Israel’s national carrier. El Al has annual revenues of about $1.4 billion and it carries more than 1.3 million passengers annually. The airline flies directly to more than 40 destinations around the world and to many additional destinations by means of partnership agreements with other airlines. It operates 33 aircraft, of which it owns 30. El Al is the leading airline in the cargo market in Israel. It is active in the charter flight market by means of its subsidiary, Sun D’Or. The airline is marking its 56th year of service.


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