Malaysia Airlines Selects Flight Management System from Sabre Airline Solutions

27, 2004–

        Malaysia's flagship carrier deploys open-systems module
     of the Sabre AirOps Suite as a central building block of its
            best-practice integrated operations initiative

Malaysia Airlines announced it will deploy Movement Manager, part
of the Sabre AirOps Suite, for enhanced monitoring and scheduling of
its daily flight operations. The AirOps suite, renowned for its
flexibility and reliability through its open-systems architecture,
will play a critical role in Malaysia Airlines’ integrated operations

Movement Manager, an automated flight display and movement control
system to be deployed across a client-server architecture using a
relational database, is designed to help streamline flight management,
increase aircraft utilization and minimize operational disruption.

The implementation of Movement Manager is the first building block
in the construction of Malaysia Airlines’ iOPS integrated operations
center, which will later include other operational support solutions
to physically integrate several airline functions as well as business
applications and processes. Malaysia Airlines joins a growing number
of significant flag carriers across the Asia/Pacific region, including
Air New Zealand, Cathay Pacific Airways, China Airlines and China
Eastern Airlines, that have deployed products from the AirOps suite
for their operations environment.

“Integration of schedule planning, ground operations, maintenance,
flight dispatch, flight operations, crew and passenger services,
flight tracking, and service recovery is a growing trend in this
industry right now, and we are leading the field with our iOPS
strategy,” said Encik Tajuden Abu Bakar, senior general manager of
technical and ground operations for Malaysia Airlines. “The AirOps
suite is one of the technological solutions for this mission-critical
area as it is built on a robust ‘open,’ non-proprietary architecture.
The reason we stress the open-systems approach is because it has much
greater rewards over proprietary technology infrastructures — it is
less expensive, easier for our staff to use, implement and maintain,
saves costs, and can easily integrate with existing or new

Cameron Curtis, vice president, Asia/Pacific for Sabre Airline
Solutions, said, “Today’s airlines are demanding better visibility and
integration of data between flight operations and ground activities;
they want real-time control and monitoring of their aircraft both in
the air and on the ground. Malaysia Airlines is leading the way in the
uptake of this trend through its iOPS integrated operations center.”

Curtis also noted the importance of the company’s relationship
with Malaysia Airlines.

“We have a strong relationship with Malaysia Airlines through its
current use of Sabre AirFlite Planning and Scheduling Suite and the
Sabre AirMax Revenue Management Suite, which drive efficiencies and
cost reductions throughout the airline’s operations. Movement Manager
will form the foundation of Malaysia Airlines’ flight operations
initiative, and we are looking forward to continuing to work in close
partnership with the airline to deliver a world-class system for
automating flight operations, dispatch and ground management

By working on an industry average delay cost of $70 per minute, an
airline with 500 movements per day can realize potential savings of
several million dollars per annum by avoiding only one minute of delay
per flight, on average. Maintenance yields can also be improved by up
to one percent by optimal aircraft tail assignments in the operations

“Movement Manager provides the potential for Malaysia Airlines to
achieve significant savings through automation, visibility and
integration,” Curtis said.

Sabre Airline Solutions has responded to the increased activity in
Asia/Pacific by opening a new office in Kuala Lumpur and appointing
Bobby Lai regional director.

“It is exciting for us to have this critical regional resource
based in Malaysia, and we look forward to continuing to build our
presence in the region under the strategic direction of Bobby Lai,”
Curtis said.

About Malaysia Airlines

Malaysia Airlines is Malaysia’s flagship airline and has over 450
flight departures a day flying around 40,000 passengers daily to over
100 destinations spanning across six continents. It has a fleet of 109
aircraft ranging from the 19-seat Twin Otter to the 386-seat Boeing
747-400. The latest wide body aircraft, the A380-800, is scheduled to
join its fleet by February 2007.

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 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 and nearly 400 have been signed in the
first half of 2004.

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