duo Airways Signs Agreement With Sabre Airline Solutions for Fast Implementation of New Flight Tracking Technology

SOUTHLAKE, Texas, Feb. 24 /PRNewswire/ — Birmingham, England-based regional European carrier, duo Airways Limited, has signed an agreement with Sabre Airline Solutions for Sabre FliteTrac operations control and flight following system to facilitate the airline’s business and regulatory requirements for monitoring flight status.

FliteTrac gathers data such as flight number and date, origin and destination, departure time, assigned aircraft, fuel data, passenger list (both planned and actual) and the original, revised, estimated and actual arrival times.

Benefits of FliteTrac include increased personnel productivity, reduced operations controller workload, easy-to-read graphical data, and constant awareness of fleet status. Features include integration with an airline’s legacy systems, a customizable user interface, automatically updated database information, and built-in reports.

“We are extremely impressed with this product,” said Richard King, operations manager, duo Airways Limited. “All too often software packages fail to deliver against expectations. FliteTrac is an exception to this industry norm — not only does it deliver what we wanted, it does more.”

FliteTrac was installed at duo in record time to help the airline’s operations personnel readily monitor the status of flights in line with business and regulatory requirements. By interfacing with duo’s computer reservation system, the FliteTrac system can display real-time flight information in a Gantt chart format, with color-coding defined by the carrier, to indicate flight status.

Vinay Dube, vice president, Sabre Airline Solutions for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, added: “One of our strengths is leveraging our robust technology arsenal to provide affordable, quick solutions for carriers of all sizes. And, with our knowledge of the industry, the region, and an understanding of duo’s immediate business needs, we were able to implement this solution on an accelerated basis.”

Sabre Airline Solutions currently has 61 FliteTrac customers globally. The contract with duo adds to the momentum of European carriers opting for the smart technology available from Sabre Airline Solutions — with nearly 90 contracts signed in the region during the past 12 months.

About duo Airways Limited

Created from the management buy-out of Maersk Air Limited (Birmingham) in 2003, duo is the new European airline flying from Birmingham and Edinburgh to 14 European destinations.

Maersk Air Ltd operated for over 10 years under a British Airways franchise agreement from Birmingham. The management team and staff who set up duo have many years’ experience in the aviation industry. The management buy- out means that all the staff own a part of the company and therefore play a crucial role in its future success. It now employs over 300 people, including its own engineering department, which maintains its fleet of eight aircraft.

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.

Sabre Holdings Corporation (NYSE: TSG) is a world leader in travel commerce, retailing travel products and providing distribution and technology solutions for the travel industry. More information about Sabre Holdings is available at http://www.sabre-holdings.com/

Sabre Airline Solutions, the Sabre Airline Solutions logo and Sabre FliteTrac are trademarks and/or service marks of an affiliate of Sabre Holdings Corporation. All other trademarks, service marks, and trade names are the property of their respective owners.

SOURCE  Sabre Airline Solutions
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    /CONTACT:  Kathryn Hayden of Sabre Airline Solutions, +1-682-605-2252, or
kathryn.hayden@sabre-holdings.com /
    /Web site:  http://www.sabre-holdings.com /

CO:  Sabre Airline Solutions; Sabre Holdings Corporation; duo Airways Limited
ST:  Texas, England

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