Sabre Airline Solutions and Microsoft Enable Next-Generation Resource Management Solution; Sabre Streamline Resource Management Suite to Provide More Innovative Business Solutions Leveraging .Net Technology

SOUTHLAKE, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Dec. 13, 2005–Sabre Airline Solutions has successfully implemented technology from Microsoft to accelerate development and deployment for the next generation of the Sabre Streamline Resource Management Suite.

Through in-depth architect design review sessions at the Microsoft Technology Center in Austin, Texas, Sabre Airline Solutions and Microsoft were able to prototype a new smart-client application. The prototype combines the best of Microsoft’s newest technology and design approaches using Visual Studio 2005 and the 2.0 .Net Framework with the Streamline suite’s industry-leading resource management solution, which is utilized by more than 40 airlines, ground handling agents, airports and government agencies worldwide.

“By working together, Sabre Airline Solutions and Microsoft have enabled immediate results, and we look forward to a continued relationship in executing the long-term vision of the Streamline suite,” said Pradeep Rathinam, Microsoft’s general manager of ISVs in the United States. “Sabre Airline Solutions has capitalized on the opportunity to gain early insight into the development and delivery of solutions utilizing Visual Studio 2005 and the .Net Framework. We are very excited about Sabre Airlines Solutions’ newly announced commitment as its work is representative of the tremendous momentum in the ISV community with the release of these new technologies.”

Between June and August, the development team for the Streamline suite worked with Microsoft architects and infrastructure and deployment specialists to develop an integrated, wireless, mobility solution, Task Anywhere, that will communicate directly with the Sabre Streamline StaffManager system. The StaffManager system provides real-time support for resource management and automates task allocation on the day of operation to airline and airport personnel. The new solution has an intuitive, rich interface and will operate on a hand-held device while working over wireless networks.

“Sabre Airline Solutions recognizes the importance of leveraging innovative technology to maintain the position of the aviation industry’s leading technology provider,” said Steve Clampett, president of Airline Products and Services at Sabre Airline Solutions. “The long history of Microsoft technology in use by airlines and at airports around the world led us to engage with Microsoft to strengthen our technology strategy and enable rapid evolution of the Streamline suite.

“Through the relationship with Microsoft, we were able to accelerate delivery of the hand-held wireless solution,” Clampett continued. “This solution ensures rapid, accurate and well-organized communication between field personnel and supervisors managing airport resources that service the airline’s passengers. Reacting to changes in the schedule must be supported by robust decision-support solutions and rich, yet cost-effective, communication channels. This mobile solution enables airport customer service and ramp staff to be proactive in responding to day-of-operation changes in the flight schedule and have valuable information at their fingertips.”

In addition to business solution applications, Sabre Airline Solutions will work closely with Microsoft in 2006 to rapidly adopt the latest 2.0 .Net Framework tools and capabilities. Through subsequent product releases in 2006, Sabre Airline Solutions will evolve the suite to leverage smart-client technology and implement BizTalk Server 2006 for ease of system integration when implementing the Streamline suite with customers’ existing third-party systems.

About Sabre Airline Solutions

Sabre Airline Solutions, a Sabre Holdings company, is the world’s largest provider of products to help airlines better 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.

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

About Microsoft Corporation

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq:MSFT) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. .NET, Visual Studio 2005 and BizTalk Server 2006 are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.

Sabre Airline Solutions, the Sabre Airline Solutions logo, Sabre Streamline Resource Management Suite and Sabre Streamline StaffManager 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. (C) 2005 Sabre Inc. All rights reserved.

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