Air Transport World

SITA girds for competition. (International Society of Aeronautical Telecommunications; includes related article on SITA's services)

PARIS--Serving 417 airlines out of a total clientele of 477 companies, Societe Internationale de Telecommunications Aeronautiques (SITA) ranks as one of the world's major providers of telecoms and information services to the air-transport industry worldwide. But in the face of increasing competition, it is seeking new members both inside and outside aviation.

Registered in Brussels but headquartered here, SITA was established in 1949 by 11 airlines as a cooperative organization to serve their communications needs. The "rounding fathers" were Air France and KLM.

Today, it claims to have the largest private data-communications network in the world, connecting 36,000 user offices in 187 countries via medium or high-speed leased circuits. …

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