PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and Hewlett Packard (HP) are to jointly sell equipment to web-enable the IT operations of airlines and airports through The Aviation Solution Center.
The centre will combine PwC's aviation consulting practice and HP's infrastructure and consulting services team.
Technologies that could be deployed include wireless and personal digital assistants for passenger access and baggage handling, a portal for staff, always-on access to booking databases, electronic customer relationship management and aircraft maintenance systems.
Both companies said the new venture could share the costs and rewards of developing and implementing new customer-facing and back-office solutions with clients.
Scott Hartz, global managing partner of the Management Consulting Services practice at PwC, said: "We share a common vision with HP of addressing the current challenges of the aviation industry through a significant new value proposition."
Ann Livermore, president of HP Services, added: "Our work with PwC has been designed to deliver highly customised internet technologies and services to improve customer service and business efficiency."
Last November, falling profits caused HP to pull the plug on its proposed purchase of the consulting arm of PwC, a deal which would have valued the unit at up to $18bn.
Richard Holway, director at analyst Ovum Holway, said of November's cancellation: "This is sanity at last. No vertical integration between a hardware company and a services company has ever worked - the cultural differences are enormous. It's like combining the Spice Girls with the London Symphony Orchestra."
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