Cathay Pacific Upgrades to the Latest Flight Operations System From Sabre Airline Solutions

Major Asian Airline Updates Industry-Leading Tools to Help Maximize Its Competitive Edge

SOUTHLAKE, Texas, Mar 16, 2004 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Sabre Airline Solutions today announced Cathay Pacific Airways has renewed its contract for two key products — Sabre AirOps Dispatch Manager and Sabre AirOps Movement Manager — in an upgrade that will help bolster the airline’s position as a leading global hub and the gateway to Mainland China.

The Asia Pacific aviation industry is characterized by increasing competition and mounting market pressures such as the proliferation of low cost carriers and the advent of new entrants including Qantas’ Jetstar, Singapore Airlines’ Tiger Airways and Thai Airways’ SkyAsia. In order to remain competitive, airlines like Cathay Pacific are now relying on IT as a key strategy for streamlining operations and improving organizational efficiencies.

Cathay Pacific joins a growing list of Asia Pacific carriers who have selected to upgrade their Systems Operations Control (SOC) with advanced technology from Sabre Airline Solutions, including Virgin Blue, Air New Zealand, China Southern, China Airlines and China Eastern.

Complementing its existing Sabre Airline Solutions product portfolio, the renewal of Sabre AirOps Dispatch Manager and Sabre AirOps Movement Manager represents Cathay Pacific’s strong commitment to Sabre Airline Solutions’ technology. Further to this, Cathay Pacific will host a Focus Group for Sabre Airline Solutions users on 24-26 March 2004 as a platform to discuss the benefits of Sabre Airline Solutions systems and to demonstrate the role the Sabre Airline Solutions’ product portfolio plays in the company’s strategic direction.

AirOps Movement Manager enables Cathay Pacific to increase aircraft utilization and minimize operational disruption by providing a powerful, flexible tool to help control airline operations. By using the safest, most cost effective and efficient methods possible, this tool minimizes the impact of irregular operations on profitability. With AirOps Dispatch Manager, Cathay Pacific has access to a full service flight planning and dispatch system that provides the airline with speedy and accurate flight operation capabilities from generating dispatch release to final flight plan.

“We recently expanded our commitment to the region by resuming flights to the Chinese Mainland so now more than ever we need reliable, cutting-edge IT solutions that will enable us to maintain superior service,” said Captain John McCormick, General Manager Operations, Cathay Pacific Airways. “Sabre Airline Solutions’ technology plays an integral role in our daily business operations and provides the proven foundation we need to maximize organizational success.”

Cameron Curtis, vice president, Asia Pacific, Sabre Airline Solutions said, “Our customers are our number one priority, a philosophy which is reflected in the level of investment we make to enhancing our technology. We ensure that these investments are addressing the areas most important to customers such as Cathay Pacific. By upgrading to the latest versions of Sabre AirOps Dispatch Manager and Sabre AirOps Movement Manager, Cathay Pacific will be able to leverage the advanced aircraft utilization and flight planning/dispatch systems to remain competitive.”

Cathay Pacific leverages Sabre Airline Solutions technology across many of its operations, including Sabre AirOps Control suite for the SOC; Sabre AirFilte planning and scheduling solutions; Sabre AirMax Revenue Management suite and Sabre CargoMax Revenue Manager; Sabre AirPrice fares management system; Sabre StaffPlan system; Sabre Aerodynamic Traveler passenger processing solutions; and Sabre Qik business process solution for front end user-friendly graphical user interfaces and automated applications.

About Sabre Airline Solutions

Sabre Airline Solutions, a Sabre Holdings company, is the world’s largest provider of software products, reservation and departure control systems and consulting services to help airlines simplify operations and lower costs. Over 200 airlines worldwide use Sabre Airline Solution’s broad portfolio of software solutions for decision-support tools to increase revenues and improve operations. Over 100 airlines worldwide rely on Sabre Airline Solutions for passenger management solutions, with 15 new carriers added and nine carrier renewals for SabreSonic Res advanced reservations and departure control systems in 2003. In addition, more than 100 clients worldwide have turned to Sabre Airline Solutions consulting group for strategic, commercial and operational consulting. More than 500 contracts worldwide were signed in 2003 within Sabre Airline Solutions.

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