Airline company Emirates has signed a 10-year IT services agreement with IBM worth about $300m.
IBM said that infrastructure will be delivered as a service to the Dubai-based airline to improve the efficiency of passenger support systems and functions.
Emirates has run its ticketing and reservations system on IBM mainframes for more than 30 years, using z Systems to process business transactions such as flight reservations, inventory, check-in, tickets and flight information.
The latest agreement will see IBM provide a fully managed service for the mainframe and storage to help Emirates encrypt data in near real time. In addition, IBM said that the platform will allow the airline to build new apps to support the commercial exchange of business functions, capabilities and competencies as services packaged in APIs.
IBM hopes that using the managed services delivery model will allow Emirates to improve business application performance, resilience and scalability, and make operational savings.
Emirates collaborated with IBM earlier this year to enhance the airline's Passenger Service System.
Etihad Airways signed a $700m deal with IBM in October 2015 that provided the Abu Dhabi-based airline and its partners with cloud, analytics, mobile, security and cognitive technologies.
The agreement included plans for the creation of a new cloud data centre in Abu Dhabi, while the Apple-IBM partnership provided the airline with better mobile capabilities for employees and guests. Around 100 Etihad Airways IT employees transitioned to IBM as part of the deal.
Robert Webb, Etihad Airways' chief information and technology officer, said at the time: "This landmark agreement, a fundamental part of our technology and innovation strategy, will bring us a global IT delivery platform that is secure, resilient and future-ready for Etihad Airways' companies and equity partner airlines."
Finnair signed a five-year hybrid cloud deal with IBM in September 2015.
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