Ethiopian Airlines Signs Flight Scheduling Deal with Sabre Airline Solutions; 20th Carrier in Region to Select Sabre Airline Solutions’ Technology

SOUTHLAKE, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–June 1, 2004–Ethiopian Airlines has signed a three-year agreement with Sabre Airline Solutions for Sabre AirFlite Schedule Manager, helping the airline develop a more efficient schedule, while improving the utilization of its aircraft and providing customers with more flight options.

Schedule Manager considerably reduces schedule development time by automating and simplifying scheduling tasks previously performed manually, while letting schedulers remain in control of the decision-making process. This improved productivity and schedule-planning efficiency has resulted in some airlines increasing their incremental revenues by up to three percent.

Schedule Manager also helps create a corporate-wide flight scheduling database and provides easy connectivity to legacy systems, while offering the ability for schedulers to view, edit and report flight schedule information.

“As a critical link from Africa to the rest of the world, it is vital that we can offer our customers as flexible a schedule as possible,” said Henock Woubishet, director of Marketing Information Systems for Ethiopian Airlines. “We chose to work with Sabre Airline Solutions because its industry-proven flight scheduling product can do just that. Moreover, it is our firm belief that further implementation of the AirFlite Profit Manager will give us a solid return-on-investment by keeping a close check on our profitability.”

Vinay Dube, vice president, Sabre Airline Solutions added: “We see an increasing demand for automated scheduling tools. Having the right schedule in place can have a huge impact on the bottom line so airlines need to be able to make schedule, network and fleeting decisions quickly and accurately — a process that can’t be done manually in many cases. Our AirFlite tools are proven, reliable and secure, which is why they are now in use by more than 60 airlines world wide.”

The AirFlite suite is the industry standard for scheduling software solutions. All of the top 10 airlines globally are using at least one of the AirFlite suite’s scheduling products.

The contract with Ethiopian Airlines adds to the momentum of EMEA-based carriers opting for the smart, proven and bankable technology available from Sabre Airline Solutions — with nearly 90 contracts signed in the region during the past 12 months.

About Ethiopian Airlines

Ethiopian Airlines, with headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, is a commercial airline company currently serving over 40 international and 28 domestic destinations in the transport of passengers and cargo. In addition, more than half of its international destinations are in Africa, thus the Airline’s tag line Africa’s Link to the World. Ethiopian Airlines has embarked on modernizing its fleet with the replacement of its older Boeing 737-200 and 767-200 aircraft with newer 737-700 and 767-300 ER aircraft.

About Sabre Airline Solutions

Sabre Airline Solutions, a Sabre Holdings company, is the world’s largest provider of software products, reservations and departure control systems and other passenger management systems, and consulting services that help airlines simplify operations and lower costs. Sabre Airline Solutions’ proven leadership is demonstrated by the growing number of airlines that leverage the technology and services: More than 200 airlines worldwide use Sabre Airline Solutions’ broad portfolio of smart solutions for decision-support tools to increase revenues and improve operations. More than 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 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

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