Japan Airlines Optimizes Scheduling Process with Comprehensive Sabre AirFlite Suite and Consulting Services; Carrier to Integrate Core Functions to Enhance Revenues and Reduce Operation Costs

SOUTHLAKE, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–July 17, 2006–Japan Airlines
(JAL), Asia’s leading airline group, has selected Sabre Airline
Solutions’ AirFlite suite of integrated decision support products to
optimize its scheduling development process end to end, from planning
to distribution. By implementing the latest version of AirFlite, the
carrier will integrate core functions such as scheduling,
profitability forecasting and analysis, fleet and network optimization
and slot management to enhance revenues and reduce operating costs.

The airline will also employ significant consulting services from
Sabre Airline Solutions to ensure the comprehensive adoption and
utilization of this technology, providing a total solution that will
help Japan Airlines realize the full benefits of the AirFlite suite.

“At Japan Airlines we are aiming to create an airline group with
enhanced customer appeal and a fundamentally strong business model,”
said Shunichi Saito, JAL CIO. “We are committed to constantly
listening to the needs of our customers, and we refine our offering to
meet and exceed those needs in the most efficient way. To do that we
must be able to quickly make changes to our schedules and effectively
integrate our network so that the customer enjoys fast itineraries to
desired destinations at preferred times of day.”

Sabre AirFlite is ideally suited to give JAL the flexibility to
make tactical short-term adjustments to satisfy customer demands, as
well as effect longer term strategic plans.

“Sabre AirFlite gives us the flexibility to make short-term
adjustments to flights to satisfy changes to market needs on any
particular day, week, or month, as well as improve longer term
strategic plans so that we can, for example, buy the best possible
aircraft mix,” said JAL’s Director of Corporate Planning, Hirofumi
Kono. “Our planners will begin using the tool starting July 18.”

By adopting the AirFlite suite, JAL will be able to continually
decide which markets to serve and how often, when to fly and what type
of aircraft to assign to a specific route. The carrier will also be
able to track slot rights at slot-coordinated airports as well as
evaluate the profitability of various scheduling alternatives and
codeshare opportunities to stay ahead of the competition. This
capability will be especially useful to Japan Airlines as it executes
its recent decision to join the multilateral airline alliance,

“Japan Airlines has taken a leadership position in its planning
and decision making capability by adopting the full AirFlite suite,”
said Andrew Powell, Sabre Airline Solutions vice president for
Asia-Pacific. “They operate in an environment of fierce competition
with constant changes such as the pending increase in capacity at
Haneda Airport, the increased refinement of key Asian hubs, and the
emergence of new low fare competitors. The airline that can adapt to
constantly changing market conditions fastest is the ‘winner’. This is
what AirFlite is really about — making better and faster decisions
than your airline competitors and thereby satisfying the needs of more
customers at any point in time. It’s about making the best possible
use of available airline assets to ensure the greatest return for

Japan Airlines also engaged Sabre Airline Solutions consultants to
help address organizational challenges and craft strategic
alternatives to improve operational results. Under this agreement,
Sabre will provide business support to ensure faster and greater
return on investment (ROI) and focus on delivering business value to
the airline.

“This is very much a business project with an IT application
component and the approach taken by Japan Airlines and Sabre Airline
Solutions reflects this point. New technology is only truly
implemented when it is fully embraced by users in standard day-to-day
procedures,” said Nejib Ben-Khedher, president and managing partner of
the aviation consulting practice at Sabre Airline Solutions. “Sabre
consultants are working side-by-side with JAL to ensure comprehensive
adoption and utilization of this technology. This is fundamental to
designing the carrier’s business plan and supporting strategic

Specific components of the AirFlite suite to be implemented by
Japan Airlines include the following:

    --  Sabre AirFlite Schedule Manager -- a system that enables
        schedulers to continuously explore better scheduling
        solutions. Using the system, schedulers can manage flight
        schedules, view single or multiple flight schedules, and
        update and distribute flight schedules.

    --  Sabre AirFlite Fleet Manager -- a system that optimizes fleet
        capacity to market demand to maximize total network
        profitability within the airline's operating constraints. The
        system also quantifies the financial impact associated with
        individual operating constraints and evaluates the financial
        impact of varying fleet and equipment types on a proposed

    --  Sabre AirFlite Profit Manager -- a system that enables
        airlines to evaluate the profitability of a proposed flight
        schedule, forecast market share resulting from the
        implementation of a proposed schedule, and evaluate the impact
        on profitability from proposed schedule changes.

Japan Airlines joins other leading carriers such as Air France,
British Airways, Lufthansa, American Airlines, Qantas and Singapore
Airlines that employ AirFlite to optimize flight scheduling
operations. With over 70 customers, including 24 out of the top 25
airlines, Sabre AirFlite is the market leader in the area of airline
planning and scheduling.

    The JAL implementation is expected to be complete in late 2006.

    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. 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.
More than 500 contracts worldwide were signed in 2004 for Sabre
Airline Solutions’ leading technology solutions.

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