AT&T enhances wireless for US Airways

US Airways has signed a two-year $6 million contract for
AT&T to support a wireless solution that addresses US Airways’
cargo-tracking service needs at more than 85 airports nationwide.
  In a deal that illustrates AT&T’s commitment to selling integrated
wireless/wireline solutions, AT&T is adding wireless services to the mix of
voice and Internet Protocol (IP)-based data and networking services that US
Airways uses to run its domestic operations and call center. Overall, US
Airways supports more than 3,800 flights a day and serves more than 230
communities in the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America.
  Under the terms of the agreement, AT&T will provide US Airways with
wireless services for a variety of critical business processes, including
access to corporate e-mail through BlackBerry(R) and voice service for
domestic and international corporate business travel. AT&T, which is the
world’s leading provider of BlackBerry services, boasts the largest
international wireless footprint of any U.S. carrier and gives customers
the ability to access e-mail, browse the Web and perform other data
applications in more than 135 countries, and customers can make or receive
phone calls in more than 190 countries.
  Additionally, US Airways will leverage the advantages of AT&T’s vast
wireless network to provide real-time tracking data for its customers’
shipments. Through the use of hand-held barcode scanners connected
wirelessly to the AT&T network, US Airways is able to provide
up-to-the-minute, real-time tracking to its global shipping customers. AT&T
provides similar services to several major U.S. airlines.
  “In a move to optimize and improve our tracking of cargo shipments, we
sought a reliable and consistent solution,” said Joe Beery, US Airways’
senior vice president and chief information officer. “AT&T brings the
benefit of wireless advantages to the solution and enhances our agility and
high-quality standards to our customer service philosophy.”
  The agreement renews and expands a long-standing relationship between
the two companies that spans more than 10 years.