IBM has announced a strategic partnership with American Airlines naming IBM as its cloud provider for greater enterprise flexibility, scalability, and reliability.  

As part of the partnership, American Airlines will move select enterprise applications to IBM's Cloud. The airline will be able to leverage the global footprint of IBM Cloud, which consists of more than 50 data centers spanning 17 countries, as well as a wide 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.

"With the incredible proliferation of and access to data, cloud is becoming a platform for innovation. The scalability and performance of the IBM Cloud, combined with Bluemix, turns the cloud into an enabler of innovation and a way to create new services and business models," said Robert LeBlanc, senior vice president, IBM Cloud. "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."

This new agreement is the latest in a long-standing relationship between IBM and American Airlines that began in 1950's, when the two companies worked together to develop the first electronic reservation and ticketing system in the industry.