Sabre Airline Solutions and Worldspan Implement New Approach to Interline e-Ticketing Connections; IET Hub Providers Reduce Activation Project Lengths Through Innovative Message Routing Protocol

SOUTHLAKE, Texas & ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May 10, 2006–Sabre Airline Solutions and Worldspan, L.P. today announced that they have jointly implemented a new message routing technique that streamlines communications links between the global travel industry’s two leading interline e-ticketing hub providers.

Previously, connections between carriers operating on different host systems required a unique communications link. The new “hub-to-hub” connection means message routing between carriers is now handled at the application level rather than creating a distinct communication layer for each interline connection.

In an environment where carriers are laboring to meet the International Air Transport Association (IATA) mandate for 100 percent electronic ticketing by the end of 2007, this comes as a welcome development. The benefit for carriers is the ability to activate interline electronic ticketing projects with more of their valued airline partners. Many carriers are in the process of evaluating long lists of interline partners and making business decisions about which partners will be included in interline electronic ticketing plans. Faster activation capabilities will allow carriers to include more interline partners as they move to electronic ticketing.

“One hundred percent electronic ticketing by 2007 makes travel more convenient for consumers and more efficient for airlines by leveraging existing technologies,” said Tom Murphy, IATA senior vice president of Industry Distribution Financial Services. “But we must speed up the implementation of interline electronic agreements. If we don’t, airlines will limit their ability to work together to deliver and profit from a global network. I am delighted to see innovation being brought to speed up this process. The new approach eases cooperation between hub providers and should accelerate implementing interline electronic agreements. It’s good for consumers and for airlines. And it’s just what IATA would expect from its Simplifying the Business (StB) Preferred vendor and partners.”

The hub-to-hub connection was first implemented by Worldspan and Sabre Airline Solutions as part of an interline connection between Midwest Airlines, connected to the Interline Electronic Ticketing Hub, a component of SabreSonic Ticket, and Northwest Airlines, connected to the Worldspan Interchange Hub. Sabre Airline Solutions and Worldspan estimate this process improvement will cut interline electronic ticketing activation times for airlines by 50 percent.

With awareness in cost reductions for carriers and heightened customer satisfaction across the industry, carriers have begun using e-ticketing as both a cost advantage and an additional customer-centric offering. With electronic tickets, airlines reduce costs associated with the production of paper tickets and the manpower needed to facilitate their use, while increasing customer satisfaction through the proliferation of more convenient and easier to execute transfers. It is these benefits that led to a resolution by IATA for 100 percent e-ticketing by the end of 2007, a trend the industry is quickly moving toward.

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 leading technology solutions from Sabre Airline 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

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About Worldspan, L.P.

Worldspan is a leader in travel technology services for travel suppliers, travel agencies, e-commerce sites and corporations worldwide. Utilizing some of the fastest, most flexible and efficient networks and computing technologies, Worldspan provides comprehensive electronic data services linking approximately 800 travel suppliers around the world to a global customer base. Worldspan offers industry-leading Fares and Pricing technology such as Worldspan e-Pricing(R), hosting solutions and customized travel products. Worldspan’s e-ticket Technologies offers a wide range of products to fit every airlines ET and IET current and future needs. Worldspan enables travel suppliers, distributors and corporations to reduce costs and increase productivity with technology like Worldspan Go!(R) and Worldspan Trip Manager(R) XE. Worldspan is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Additional information is available at

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