FRANKFURT, April 22 Lufthansa's IT
infrastructure business, which the airline is trying to sell, is
drawing interest from IBM, Hewlett-Packard and
France's Atos, German paper Frankfurter Allgemeine
Zeitung (FAZ) reported, without citing any sources.
Lufthansa earlier this month said it was seeking a buyer for
the business, part of its IT unit Lufthansa Systems, and has
already held some early talks with interested parties.
IBM declined to comment on the article.
Atos and HP were not immediately available for comment.
"We are in talks with several sector heavyweights about a
takeover of the IT infrastructure, and we want to secure most of
the jobs following a sale," Lufthansa's Chief Financial Officer
Simone Menne told FAZ in an interview published on Tuesday.
According to the plans, Lufthansa Systems will be divided
into three parts - Infrastructure, Airline Solutions and
Industry Solutions. The infrastructure division, which employs
1,400 people, will be sold, while the other two will remain
within the Lufthansa group.
While the infrastructure business accounted for 40 percent
of Systems' total turnover of 640 million euros ($883.45
million), it made up only 25 percent of the unit's profit.
($1 = 0.7244 Euros)
(Reporting by Christoph Steitz; Additional reporting by Astrid
Wendlandt in Paris; Editing by Kim Coghill)