HP may or may not be mulling a plan to shed its PC business, but new agreements with US Airways and Dollar Thrifty highlight how IT services and transportation will remain a core business.
HP Enterprise Services, the business unit formerly known as EDS, signed two five-year pacts with US Airways for applications management and data center hosting services.
The agreements are renewals and HP "will continue to play a key part in synchronizing the business operations of US Airways around the airline's flight-operating system maintenance," an HP spokeswoman says.
US Airways is a long-time client of HP, which led the integration of the reservations systems of the merged US Airways and America West.
HP Enterprise Services currently is similarly charged with moving United Airlines onto the SHARES platform currently used by Continental Airlines.
Development of a so-called next-generation reservation system, Agilaire, and its kindred system, Jetstream for American Airlines, are also on the HP agenda.
In other news, HP Enterprise Services recently signed and renewed an applications services agreement with Dollar Thrifty.