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IBM signs technology services deal with Dubai’s Emirates Airline

IBM signs technology services deal with Dubai’s Emirates Airline

The deal is designed to improve efficiency on the carrier’s passenger support systems and functions

US technology giant IBM has signed a $300m ten-year technology services deal with Dubai’s Emirates Airline.

Under the agreement, IBM said it would provide IT services designed to allow the carrier to improve efficiency on its passenger support systems and functions.

The managed services deal includes assistance encrypting the airline’s data in real time and system to allow its software components to communicate more effectively, according to the company.

IBM also signed a $700m deal with Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways in October for IT services and infrastructure.

Read: UAE’s Etihad Airways signs $700m IT deal with IBM

The company’s regional activities last year included a partnership with Abu Dhabi investment firm Mubadala to bring its Watson supercomputer to the Middle East and North Africa.

Read: IBM joins Mubadala to bring supercomputer Watson to MENA

Emirates is the world’s fourth largest carrier of international passengers. It reported a 56 per cent increase in net profit to $1.93bn for its financial year ending March 31 2016.

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