Kingfisher Airlines, India’s Fastest-Growing Airline, Selects More
Than 20 Enterprise Applications; Gives Sabre Global Distribution
System Direct Access to Inventory
MUMBAI, India–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb. 6, 2007–Kingfisher Airlines,
India’s fastest-growing airline, has engaged Sabre Airline Solutions,
the global leader of software and services for the airline industry
from planning to execution, to provide a full suite of more than 20
enterprise applications to enhance its guest processing functions, as
the airline continues its rapid expansion of its operations.
With the implementation of Sabre Airline Solutions’ passenger
reservations and departure control systems, the SabreSonic Passenger
Solutions, Kingfisher Airlines will be able to manage its
reservations, pricing, ticketing and reporting efficiently.
Kingfisher Airlines is also among the first in India to offer the
latest range of check-in options for its guests, including “Web
check-in” facilities and “Roving agents” that use mobile devices to
check in guests to help alleviate check-in queues at airports.
“Kingfisher Airlines entered into a strategic partnership with
Sabre Airline Solutions as we wanted to ‘get it right, first time.’ We
are a full-service, new world carrier, and we need the depth and width
of application solutions that Sabre Airline Solutions can provide as
quickly as possible. We are also tapping into Sabre Airline Solutions’
airline consulting expertise to ensure we are adopting airline
management best practices,” said Dr. Vijay Mallya, Chairman & CEO,
Kingfisher Airlines Limited.
Kingfisher Airlines’ entire suite of Sabre Airline Solutions
products is fully hosted through Sabre eMergo Web access, an
application service provider environment that provides the technology
without the cost of acquiring and maintaining costly hardware and
“This engagement with Kingfisher Airlines is a lead indicator of
airline enterprise applications trends in general. Kingfisher Airlines
engaged a single vendor (Sabre Airline Solutions) for more than 20
enterprise applications in a single consolidated project. By doing so,
Kingfisher Airlines can now benefit from the integration, consistency
of service and cross-department best practices,” added Mr. Tom Klein,
executive vice president of Sabre Holdings and group president, Sabre
Travel Network/Sabre Airline Solutions.
Kingfisher Airlines is also leveraging other technology from Sabre
Airline Solutions to help analyze the market and determine the best
approaches to maximize revenue, including Sabre AirMax Revenue
Manager, the Quasar passenger revenue accounting system and the Sabre
Loyalty Suite. To optimize operations, Kingfisher Airlines is also
leveraging the Sabre AirOps Flight Operations Suite and the Sabre
Rocade Crew Management System.
Mr. Vish Viswanathan, vice president, Indian sub continent for
Sabre Airline Solutions, said, “The Indian market is poised for
significant growth over the coming years and Sabre Airline Solutions
is extremely pleased to be working with Kingfisher Airlines to provide
this growing domestic carrier with a full suite of integrated,
leading-edge solutions that will enable their continued business
Through a separate deal, Kingfisher Airlines has also become the
first new-entrant carrier in India to distribute its inventory through
the Sabre global distribution system (GDS). It signed a Direct Connect
Availability (DCA) agreement — the highest level of participation in
the Sabre system. With this, Kingfisher Airlines can now market and
sell its products through all Sabre Connected travel agents globally.
This agreement with Kingfisher Airlines is another example of
Sabre Airline Solutions’ continued commitment to the India and
India is one of the fastest-growing aviation markets in Asia. The
Indian travel market is growing at 25 percent per year and is
generating increased revenues for all travel stakeholders. With this
Kingfisher Airlines contract, more than 40 percent of all air tickets
in India are issued through SabreSonic Res.
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, while more than 500
use its leading operational technology. 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.
Sabre Holdings (NYSE:TSG) connects people with the world’s
greatest travel possibilities by retailing travel products and
providing distribution and technology solutions for the travel
industry. More information about Sabre Holdings is available at
Sabre, Sabre Airline Solutions, the Sabre Airline Solutions logo,
AirMax, AirOps, eMergo, Quasar, Rocade, SabreSonic, Sabre Connected
and Sabre Holdings 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) 2007 Sabre Inc.
All rights reserved.
About Kingfisher Airlines
Kingfisher Airlines is India’s first and only private airline to
receive the prestigious, ‘Best New Airline of the Year’ award in the
Asia-Pacific and Middle East region from Centre for Asia Pacific
Aviation (CAPA). Kingfisher Airlines has also been voted as the 3rd
Most Successful Brand Launch of the Year 2005, in the annual Brand
Derby Survey conducted by India’s leading business daily-Business
Standard. In another Survey conducted by agencyfaqs.com, Kingfisher
Airlines was voted as the 8th Buzziest Brand of 2006 amongst 2000
leading national and international brands. Kingfisher Airlines has
also bagged the “Service Excellence for a New Airline” award from
Skytrax, a UK-based specialist global air transport advisor.
Another addition to the list of laurels is the “Best New Domestic
Airline for Excellent Services and Cuisine” award from Pacific Area
Travel Writers Association (PATWA). In a survey conducted by IMB for
Times of India, 46% of the participants voted Kingfisher Airlines ‘The
Best Airline” and “India’s Favourite Carrier.” Kingfisher Airlines has
also won the “Brand Leadership Award” in the service and hospitality
segment against several acclaimed hotels, leading banks and other
airlines. Lastly Kingfisher Airlines won the Avaya Award for
Excellence in “Customer Responsiveness” for 2006. The Award is highly
acclaimed and is presented by India’s largest selling Economic daily,
“Economic Times. For more information on Kingfisher Airlines log on to
www.flykingfisher.com. Fly the Good Times with Kingfisher Airlines.
CONTACT: Sabre Airline Solutions
Kathryn Hayden, 682-605-2252
Kingfisher Airlines Limited
Malini Nair, +91 93242 39730
SOURCE: Sabre Airline Solutions