American Airlines soars into cloud with IBM

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American Airlines IBM CloudAmerican Airlines, the largest passenger air carrier in North America, announced this week that it has chosen IBM as a cloud provider.

Specifically, the airline intends to move some of its applications to the cloud and make use of IBM infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) tools. The agreement also means American will have access to the 50 IBM data centers around the world, the Bluemix development platform and analytics capabilities.

Patrick Grubbs, vice president of travel and transportation at IBM Cloud, said the work between IBM and American will include “customer facing systems as well as back office.”

American has been looking integrate and streamline its systems since merging with US Airways in 2013.

Robert LeBlanc, Senior Vice President of IBM Cloud, said, “This partnership is about delivering the flexibility to American Airlines’ business, allowing them to enhance their customer relationships and further gain a competitive advantage.”

The new IBM agreement with American Airlines extends a longstanding relationship. In the 1950s, the two companies collaborated to create the first-ever electronic reservation and ticketing system in the air travel industry.

For more, check out ZDNet‘s full story.

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