Denver ? March 25, 1999 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. today announced it has been awarded a three-year, multimillion-dollar communications contract from Delta Air Lines. Under the agreement, Qwest will initially deploy ATM and frame relay connectivity among 27 of Delta's airport locations throughout the United States.
Qwest's ATM and frame relay solutions will provide Delta with a high performance, low-cost data communications network to help support automated services, such as passenger check-in and boarding, credit card verification, baggage management and communications integration. Delta also receives a scalable, customized and highly reliable service to meet the individual requirements of each airport location.
"We are pleased that Delta ? one of the most recognized names in the airline industry ? has selected us as one of their providers of critical information networking solutions," said Stephen M. Jacobsen, Qwest executive vice president of business markets. "Qwest's data communications services incorporate the latest advances in networking technology and can help companies, such as Delta, easily deploy high-end communications solutions that will streamline their day-to-day business operations."
"The advanced capabilities of Qwest's fiber optic network offered us a compelling choice for our mission-critical ATM and frame relay services," said Barry Lloyd, director of network engineering for Delta Technology. "Travelers expect a pleasant and hassle-free flying experience, and a sophisticated data communications network is an important tool for the delivery of fast, responsive and friendly customer care."
Delta flies more passengers than any other airline in the world. In 1998, more than 105 million passengers traveled on Delta Air Lines. Delta, Delta Express, the Delta Shuttle, the Delta Connection carriers and Delta's Worldwide Partners operate 5,211 flights each day to 353 cities in 56 countries.
Qwest Communications International Inc. (Nasdaq: QWST) is a leader in reliable and secure broadband Internet-based data, voice and image communications for businesses and consumers. Headquartered in Denver, Qwest has more than 8,000 employees and 80 sales offices in North America, Europe and Mexico. The Qwest Macro Capacity (SM) Fiber Network, designed with the newest optical networking, will span more than 18,500 route miles in the United States when it is completed by mid-1999, and the additional 315-mile network route recently announced will be complete by the end of the year. In addition, Qwest and KPN, the Dutch telecommunications company, are forming a venture to build and operate a high-capacity European fiber optic, Internet Protocol-based network that has 2,100 miles and will span 9,100 miles when it is completed in 2001. Qwest also has nearly completed a 1,400-mile network in Mexico. For more information, please visit the Qwest web site at www.qwest.com.
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