Qantas Deploys Sabre AirFlite Suite Systems to Improve Flight Schedule Planning

Advanced Planning Tools Provide Australia’s Leading Carrier the Ability To

Profitably Schedule Flights Up to Three Years Into the Future

SOUTHLAKE, Texas, March 9 /PRNewswire/ — Sabre Airline Solutions, the
industry leader in airline operations technology, today announced that Qantas
Airlines has gone live with Release 10 of Sabre AirFlite Schedule Manager and
Profit Manager, providing automation of the flight scheduling and route
evaluation processes.

With over 60 airline customers worldwide, AirFlite 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.
While Release 10 of the product has been in rigorous testing for several
months, AirFlite Schedule Manager is now live, running all Qantas’ long haul
schedule planning.

Schedule Manager is being used to evaluate Qantas’ route and network
decisions up to three years in advance. Currently four other global customers
are poised to join Qantas with implementation of the system, going live by the
middle of 2004.

Qantas has undertaken the first live implementation of the Release 10
version of the AirFlite suite. This release employs state-of-the-art, multi-
user, Java Oracle technology to improve performance, usability, and
integration resulting in faster, easier, and smarter scheduling. Smooth
implementation has also been a goal of development work.

“I have been very pleased with the smooth introduction that Sabre Airline
Solutions has achieved with Schedule Manager,” said David Round, Manager
Network Systems & Communication, Qantas. “As the first airline to go live
with the new system version, we were expecting some initial problems but we
have been impressed with the system and support we have received from Sabre

As a result of the easy rollout of these products and the performance of
AirFlite suite to date, Qantas plans to also go live with Release 10 of
AirFlite Fleet Manager in the first half of 2004. Fleet Manager enables an
airline to optimally allocate capacity to improve the profitability of a
schedule employing a patented O&D passenger flow model in its global
optimization technique. In addition, Qantas has also committed to the
purchase of Release 10 of the Sabre SlotManager system, which will allow them
to manage and track slot rights at slot-coordinated airports, and streamline
the slot request process.

Cameron Curtis, vice president, Asia Pacific said, “We offer our client
base a proven migration path to this new platform using our PC-based systems
(PC AirFlite). When our clients want to take the next step in terms of
advanced planning and scheduling functionality and optimization techniques —
we are ready. We are noticing an increased awareness of the value of schedule
and market profitability analysis. Airlines need tools to manage market
demand, airline constraints and profitability data so that they can make
schedule, network and fleeting decisions quickly and accurately. These are
decisions with a high dollar impact that can’t be done manually in many

About Sabre Airline Solutions

Sabre Airline Solutions, a Sabre Holdings company, is the world’s largest
provider of software products, reservation and departure control systems and
consulting services to help airlines simplify operations and lower costs.
Over 200 airlines worldwide use Sabre Airline Solution’s broad portfolio of
software solutions for decision-support tools to increase revenues and improve
operations. Over 100 airlines worldwide rely on Sabre Airline Solutions for
passenger management solutions, with 15 new carriers added and nine carriers
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.

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 .

Sabre Airline Solutions, the Sabre Airline Solutions logo, SabreSonic and
AirFlite are trademarks and/or service marks of an affiliate of Sabre Holdings
Corporation. All other trademarks, service marks, and trade names are the
property of their respective owners.

SOURCE  Sabre Airline Solutions
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    /CONTACT:  Kathryn Hayden of Sabre Airline Solutions, +1-682-605-2252, or /
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CO:  Sabre Airline Solutions; Qantas Airlines; Sabre Holdings Corporation
ST:  Texas, Australia

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