By Mark Sutton
British telecoms giant signs six-year deal to provide global contact centre managed services
Emirates Airline has signed a six-year deal with BT to provide global contact centre managed services.
The airline, which has already consolidated its contact centres around the world onto a single, virtualised and globally managed platform using BT technology, is intended to allow Emirates to utilise the latest technology to stay in touch with customers.
Through this new deal, BT will upgrade and manage the next generation of contact centre technology enabling Emirates' global contact centre agents to interact seamlessly through different channels with customers across the globe.
To support its operations, Emirates runs seven global contact centres: in Dubai, Mumbai, Manchester, Guangzhou, Melbourne, New York and Budapest, staffed by more than 2,200 agents serving customers in 19 languages. Together, Emirates' seven virtually integrated global contact centres support customers in 48 countries, handling an average of 35,000 calls and 6,000 emails per day. Calls are collected and routed through the cloud to an agent speaking the caller's preferred language.
The new virtualised global contact centre will provide Emirates' contact centre teams with added functionality such as latest Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) technology, enhanced multi-channel support, single desktop user interface to efficiently handle voice, email, web chat interactions and enhanced management Information dashboards. This enables the airline to provide additional services to its customers, which include a fully secure customer payments solution and personalised customer experience through automated voice response system, efficient interaction management and agent blending strategies whilst lowering operating costs and improving efficiency.
"The strength of the Emirates brand lies in delivering consistent, memorable customer service. By investing in progressive, cutting-edge technology, we are enabling our contact centre teams to take our customer service experience to the next level, and at the same time enhance work efficiency and effectiveness. We have a good working relationship and experience with BT, and we are confident that their technology and support team is the right choice to support our expanding business requirements," said Gary Chapman, President, Emirates Group Services and dnata.
Emirates will also use a variety of services from BT's portfolio, including BT Advise Contact to optimise efficiency of contact centres, datacentre services from BT Compute and network services from BT Connect. BT will also provide Emirates with project and service management.
Gavin Patterson, CEO, BT Group said: "We are delighted to have again earned the trust of Emirates and to be chosen as a provider of their global customer experience platform. This latest deal is yet further recognition of our expertise in the aviation industry and cements our position as a leading global provider of contact centre solutions."