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 July 20, 2000
SITA And Amadeus US$75 Million Global Network Outsourcing Deal

 SITA has been awarded a seven year US$75 million global network outsourcing contract by Amadeus to operate and manage its seamless evolution to the latest technologies. Travel agents worldwide, using over 200,000 PCs, will benefit from high speed and cost effective access to Amadeus applications and services. In addition, Amadeus has boosted SITA's US$1 billion outsourcing portfolio and joins other leading airlines and global distribution services which have already outsourced to SITA.

"After an in-depth formal selection process, SITA was our first-choicepartner in this strategic decision, based on its capabilities in network outsourcing, combined with its global reach and neutrality," said Eberhard Haag, General Manager Operations at Amadeus. "Our focus will now turn to developing our core business, as we can depend on SITA to provide the latest technologies and network infrastructure to ensure the highest levels of service to our customers. We look forward to a long and productive partnership with SITA."

Leon Perelman, Vice President, Outsourcing and Customer Partnerships, SITA, added: "We are delighted that Amadeus has selected SITA as its outsourcing partner. This shows the success of our approach of working in close partnership with our customers to provide leading-edge IT solutions that flexibly support their business objectives and evolve with their changing IT requirements."

Under the agreement, SITA will manage AMANET, the Amadeus network, providing its customers with access to all its mainframe applications based in Erding, Germany. Work is already in progress and full network integration should be completed by the end of 2001. SITA will also use the latest Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) technologies to enable multimedia traffic to be transferred.

With over 51 years of experience in providing integrated IT and infrastructure solutions to air transport customers worldwide, SITA has the expertise to plan, design, implement, manage, monitor and support customized outsourcing solutions and provide consultancy services throughout the entire IT outsourcing process.