SOUTHLAKE, Texas & BEIJING–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sept. 18, 2006–Sabre
Airline Solutions, the leading provider of software and services to
the airline industry, announced today that Air China, China’s National
Flag Carrier, has signed a $15 million USD agreement for Sabre to
implement a modern Flight Operations Control Center.
The project, Air China’s largest of this kind with a foreign
partner, will help it attain better aircraft utilization and fuel
efficiency. The system will also automate the management of over 6,000
cabin and cockpit crew in a way that is both efficient for the airline
and desirable to the crew.
Sabre will provide Air China with its Sabre(R) AirOps(TM) Suite
including Sabre(R) Movement Manager, Sabre(R) Dispatch Manager,
Sabre(R) Load Manager; and Sabre(R) AirCrews(R) Crew Management Suite.
Sabre’s airline consulting practice will play a major role in using
deep industry expertise to implement the technology solution.
“This is a business project that is focused on Air China reaching
new levels of operational excellence. Air China already serves 106
destinations in 22 countries. As we expand our fleet and crew over the
next two years, it will be critical for us to manage our operations
using integrated scalable technology in combination with solid
business processes. This is what Sabre will do with us,” said Zhu Song
Yan, general manager of IT, Air China.
“Our operations centre will be of the world’s best, as we prepare
for the Beijing Olympics and beyond.”
The Flight Operations Control Center is the heart of an airline’s
daily operations. This integrated center coordinates the day-to-day,
minute-to-minute operation of the airline, providing a centralized,
real-time operational control and management of the airline’s overall
flight operation, including flight schedule, aircraft movement
control, dispatch, flight planning, weight and balance, crew
management and other aspects of flight coordination.
Air China is not a new customer for Sabre, having earlier deployed
Sabre(R) AirPrice(TM) systems and Sabre(R) AirFlite(TM) Planning and
Scheduling Suite to optimize its flight scheduling and pricing
“Air China is adopting the changes necessary to ensure it can
maintain and improve its on-time performance even as the carrier
becomes larger and more complex. With this project, Air China will
have all the necessary real-time information and decision support
tools for the management of disruptions due to bad weather, for
example. This means Air China passengers can look forward to minimal
inconveniences in the event of unavoidable flight cancellations or
delays,” said Andrew Powell, regional vice president, Sabre Airline
Sabre Airline Solutions also provides integrated flight operations
solutions to China Southern and China Eastern.
At the completion of this project, 89% of all mainland Chinese
flights will be planned using Sabre software, and 82% of all mainland
Chinese flights will be managed operationally, using Sabre software —
the result of Sabre’s 10-year relationship with Chinese airlines.
About Sabre Airline Solutions
Sabre Airline Solutions, a Sabre Holdings company, is the world’s
largest provider of products to help airlines market, sell, serve and
operate from planning to execution.
More than 200 airlines use its broad portfolio of decision-support
tools to increase revenues and improve operations, while more than 500
use its leading operational technology. More than 100 airlines rely on
Sabre Airline Solutions for passenger management solutions, while a
similar number have turned to the company’s consulting group for
strategic, commercial and operational advice.
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greatest travel possibilities by retailing travel products and
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CONTACT: Sabre Airline Solutions, Southlake
Kathryn Hayden, 682-605-2252
SOURCE: Sabre Airline Solutions