Lufthansa IT unit up for grabs: IBM, HP, Atos in pursuit?

The sale of Lufthansa's IT unit may have attracted some heavyweight contenders in a purchase war.

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The sale of Lufthansa's IT infrastructure business has reportedly attracted household names including IBM, Hewlett-Packard and France's Atos.

German publication Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) reports that the IT unit, which airline Lufthansa is attempting to sell, has already prompted some early talks with interested parties.

Lufthansa Systems, a creator of virtualized workspace models, is due to be split in to three parts — Infrastructure, Airline Solutions, and Industry solutions. The Infrastructure segment has been on sale since the start of this month, and the other two business segments will remain with the airline.

The IT unit, which is a SAP-certified partner and offers supply chain management solutions, employs 1,400 people, the majority of whom take care of the unit's data center in Kelsterbach, Germany.

In an interview, Lufthansa CFO Simone Menne said:

"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."