Kuwait-based Jazeera Airways signed a $1.5 million, 10-year contract with SITA to provide VHF Aircom service. SITA Aircom services support communications for all flight operations, aircraft maintenance and engineering, air traffic control and cabin administration, as well as passenger telephony and data services including short messaging service and e-mail. In addition, cockpit telephone systems can be programmed to give pilots easy access to information and in-flight assistance. Pilots can also use the satellite telephone service to request air traffic controllers for a change of flight plan to avoid bad weather conditions. SITA said the system will provide Jazeera’s expanding fleet with clear air-to-ground communications and real-time engine and aircraft performance monitoring.