Scandinavian airline and travel company SAS Group has signed up Computer Sciences for a five-year, $1.5bin outsourcing deal.
CSC will provide SAS with IT consulting, systems integration, application development and maintenance services, as wells as provide services for SAS's booking and ticket reservation systems, ticket-free travel technologies, self-service check-in systems, flight maintenance systems and cargo control systems.
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The contract, which goes into effect from February, includes an option for a two-year extension and two additional one-year options. If SAS exercises all of the options, the deal would be worth an estimated total of $1.5bn.
The deal calls for CSC to acquire Scandinavian IT Group (SIG), which is a subsidiary of SAS Group; SIG's 1,200 employees will become employees of CSC by the end of January.
"We are convinced that CSC is the best choice for SAS Group, staff, SIG customers and our shareholders," said SAS Group chief executive officer Jorgen Lindegaard. "By bringing world-class competencies and synergies to SIG, CSC will be able to assist us in fully meeting the competitive challenges faced by our company and industry."
Stockholm-based SAS is Scandinavia's largest airline and travel group, flying to and from Europe, North America and Asia. Other airlines in the group are Spanair, Braathens, Wideroe's Flyveselskap and Blue1.
Related businesses also under the company's banner include SAS Cargo Group and SAS Flight Academy.
Todd R Weiss writes for Computerworld