• Agreement paves way forward to a future-proof airport

Valletta | May 11, 2016– Malta International Airport has entered into a strategic partnership with global air transport IT specialist SITA which is geared towards boosting the airport’s operational excellence and putting it at the forefront of technology in the aviation industry.

The partnership – which came into effect from May 10, 2016 – will allow Malta International Airport to focus on strategic investment and innovation as SITA takes over the airport’s day-to-day ICT operations. The partnership will help improve ICT service levels, optimize airport operations and enhance the overall passenger experience.

SITA’s experience in managing large-scale ICT transformation programs around the world will be extended to Malta International Airport, and support it in integrating ICT at the heart of its growth strategy over the long term.

Malta International Airport welcomed 4.62 million passengers in 2015 and is expected to grow by more than 2% this year. The company has also unveiled an ambitious investment program which includes a €28m terminal expansion. Work on Phase 1 of the project is scheduled to commence later on this year.

Alan Borg, CEO of Malta International Airport said: “We recognize that developing our ICT infrastructure is fundamental to our future growth. In light of this, we are delighted to be partnering with SITA, the market leader in this industry, and look forward to working together on a digital blueprint to meet our future demands.”

Dave Bakker, SITA President, Europe said: “As a global supplier of end-to-end solutions to the broader air transport industry, we are in the unique position of being able to support the full gamut of airport, airline, and government systems found in airports today. This allows us to take our service to the industry a step further, by managing the end-to-end ICT infrastructure for airports while guiding their future investment to ensure cost savings and improved service delivery.”

  • New partnership to empower airlines with cutting-edge operational and safety communication solutions

Oslo and Paris | March 21, 2016– Marlink, the global business critical communication solutions specialist previously operating as Airbus Defence and Space, and SITAONAIR, have signed a partnership agreement designed to enable the aviation industry even better access to reliable, secure and cost effective ICT (Information & Communication Technology) solutions. As a result, Marlink will extend its aviation satcom services portfolio to offer both established and new solutions that address the needs of a wide range of aircraft.

Starting this year Marlink will make Global Datalink Plus available to its customers worldwide. The flexible and globally managed service seamlessly integrates connectivity services from Inmarsat and Iridium with the world’s largest VHF/VDL network.

Global DataLink Plus is aimed at facilitating safe, efficient and reliable aircraft operations through redundant, always available data and voice communications. Global Datalink Plus meets mandatory requirements for FANS (Future Air Navigation System) and PreFANS services whilst addressing the needs of pilots and crew in supporting flight operations and ensuring safety for Next Generation Air Traffic Management Systems.

“Over the years together with SITAONAIR we have been pioneering aircraft communications and bringing service innovation to the aviation industry. The aim of this new partnership is to enable more aviation customers to improve their flight operation services and grow their business further by adopting innovative and smart aircraft ICT solutions, whether this is based on VHF, VDL or satcom connectivity services,” said Mario Incerti, Director, Aeronautical Services, Marlink.

“Marlink’s satcom service expertise, 24/7 worldwide customer care and global distribution and sales network will enable us to increase our market reach and allow more aviation customers to get the most out of our solutions. We will be able to deliver more efficient aircraft operations and improved aviation safety, in addition to streamlining the supply chain and introducing lifetime cost efficiencies for SITAONAIR and Marlink customers,” said Damien McCormack, VP Commercial at SITAONAIR.