IBM inks cloud deal with American Airlines

american-airline-and-technologyEnterprise IT major IBM announced its cloud deal with American Airlines, the world’s largest airline, for ensuring flexibility, scalability and reliability for the enterprise.

American Airlines is one of the existing clients of IBM.

American Airlines will move select enterprise applications to IBM’s Cloud. The airline will leverage IBM Cloud’s 50 data centers in 17 countries, as well as a range of application development capabilities through IBM Bluemix.

In addition the company will have access to IBM advanced analytics capabilities and technologies, all of which will enable the company to advance its enterprise into a cognitive infrastructure that offers greater resiliency and better customer experiences.

Robert LeBlanc, senior vice president, IBM Cloud, said: “This partnership is about delivering the flexibility to American Airline’s business, allowing them to enhance their customer relationships and further gain a competitive advantage.”

American Airlines Group said its revenue in the third quarter was $10.6 billion (–1.1 percent). Total revenue per available seat miles (ASM) fell to 14.73 cents (–2.2 percent) due to competitive capacity growth, continued macroeconomic softness outside of the United States, and foreign currency weakness.

Third quarter mainline cost per available seat mile (CASM) was 11.96 cents (+5.6 percent). Excluding fuel and special charges, mainline CASM was 9.32 cents, up 8.9 percent versus the third quarter 2015.

As part of the company’s ongoing fleet renewal program, American Airlines invested $1 billion in new aircraft during the third quarter, including 12 new mainline aircraft and 9 new regional aircraft, while removing 49 aircraft from the fleet. With an average mainline aircraft age of 10 years, American Airlines operates the youngest fleet of the four largest U.S. carriers.