SITA (originally known as the Société Internationale de Télécommunications Aéronautiques/Airline Telecommunications and Information Services) was founded in February 1949 by eleven airlines to share infrastructure costs by combining their communications networks. SITA was the first company to handle data traffic in real time via a packet-switched network over common carrier leased lines.
In 1989 computer reservation systems, aerospace manufacturers, tour operators, airfreight forwarders, airport authorities, and other organizations in the air transport industry began joining SITA as members. Today the company provides a range of IT solutions as well as infrastructure and communications services for the air transport industry.
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