Hainan Airlines Selects Sabre Airline Solutions Planning and Scheduling Systems to Support Future Growth; Carrier Joins Other China-based Airlines in Implementing the Sabre AirFlite Suite to Enhance Decision-Making Capabilities

SOUTHLAKE, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb. 16, 2005–Hainan Airlines, a leading carrier in mainland China, this month successfully launched state-of-the-art planning and scheduling technology from Sabre Airline Solutions.

The agreement included implementation of the four main systems within the Sabre AirFlite suite — Schedule Manager, Profit Manager, Fleet Manager and the SlotManager system — providing automation of the flight scheduling and route evaluation processes.

The AirFlite suite, which can help increase operating profits by up to 9 percent, combines core flight scheduling functions such as scheduling, profitability forecasting and analysis, fleet assignment, and slot management through a seamless integration with shared interfaces and database information. This level of integration improves system performance and accuracy and reduces development efforts, resulting in a flexible, stable and efficient solution that runs on multiple platforms.

The advanced technology will help Hainan Airlines reach its growth objectives and remain a key player in its region.

“Hainan Airlines is a dynamic, growing airline, and we pride ourselves on our ability to move quickly and take opportunities as they arise,” said Yang Jianhong, chief marketing officer for Hainan Airlines. “Given our future growth plans, we found we were at a point where we needed to automate our decision-making processes, and the AirFlite suite has addressed this need. We can now change our schedule times, network and fleet assignments quickly and accurately using these tools. We can also make better decisions about medium- and long-term issues such as fleet mix and new markets to serve.”

Cameron Curtis, vice president of the Asia/Pacific region for Sabre Airline Solutions, believes Hainan Airlines is building a strong, lasting presence in the region.

“Hainan Airlines is certainly one to watch in China,” he said. “The airline is active and aggressive in its drive for growth and increased market share. We are looking forward to working with Hainan Airlines and are sure that our market-leading planning and scheduling tools will significantly assist in network planning and scheduling processes for the carrier.”

Hainan Airlines joins the three major airlines in mainland China — Air China, China Southern Airlines and China Eastern Airlines — that utilize Sabre Airline Solutions’ planning and scheduling system.

About Sabre Airline Solutions

Sabre Airline Solutions, a Sabre Holdings company, is the world’s largest provider of software products; reservations, 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 500 contracts worldwide were signed in 2004 for Sabre Airline Solutions’ leading technology solutions. More than 100 airlines worldwide rely on Sabre Airline Solutions for passenger management solutions, with eight new carriers choosing SabreSonic, the first new generation reservations system offered in the market, in 2004 and six carrier renewals. In addition, more than 100 clients worldwide have turned to the Sabre Airline Solutions consulting group for strategic, commercial and operational consulting.

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, Sabre AirFlite suite, Sabre Schedule Manager, Sabre Profit Manager, Sabre Fleet Manager and Sabre SlotManager system are trademarks and/or service marks of an affiliate of Sabre Holdings Corp. All other trademarks, service marks and trade names are the property of their respective owners. (C) 2005 Sabre Inc. All rights reserved.

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