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EDS and Continental Airlines Launch Next Generation Flight Operations Program


PLANO, Texas – EDS and Continental Airlines today announced they will be working together to transform Continental’s current mainframe environment and develop a new, next generation flight operations program – an application modernization strategy involving aircraft movement, load planning and air-to-ground communications flight operations services. Financial details were not disclosed.

The next generation flight operations suite of services will leverage EDS’ Airline Service Oriented Architecture and allow Continental and airlines around the world to adjust to changing business conditions through the use of sophisticated business process modeling tools. Airlines will be able to integrate disparate systems through a standard interface and implement new technologies with seamless sharing and access of real-time data across the enterprise, which drives decision making and automation of business processes that occur during scheduled and off-scheduled operations.

“With the fast-paced environment of the airline industry, it is important for Continental to have state of the art flexible tools to enable us to adjust to changing business conditions to maximize performance and deliver the best quality we can for our customers,” said Ron Anderson-Lehman, CIO of Continental Airlines.

“Continental chose this modernization approach with EDS because there is no other provider in this space capable of delivering fully integrated modernized technology solutions that Continental requires to better manage their business,” said Eric Harte, vice president and leader of EDS’ Global Air Services industry group. “Continental also chose EDS because there is no other application service provider in the industry that brings the industry knowledge, tools, methodologies and best shore delivery capabilities to reliably and cost effectively undertake this modernization journey.”

As a result of this joint agreement, EDS will be launching an industry leading, fully integrated suite of flight operations services to the global air services market. Timing of the suite of applications is still being finalized.

As the leading global airline IT services provider, EDS brings world-class technology solutions and infrastructure to help airlines and transportation customers sustain competitive advantage in a highly dynamic global market.


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