Sabre Airline Solutions Expands International Presence with Acquisition of RM Rocade

SOUTHLAKE, Texas & STOCKHOLM, Sweden–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aug. 16, 2004– Open Systems Platform Makes Powerful Flight Operations Technology Suite Accessible, Easy-to-Use for Small, Medium, and Low Cost Carriers

Sabre Airline Solutions, the industry leader in airline operations technology, today announced its acquisition of RM Rocade to help meet the needs of international small, medium-size and low cost carriers with an easy-to-use, fully functional flight operations product suite at a compelling price and value point.

RM Rocade, with headquarters in Stockholm, develops and sells software solutions to airlines for commercial planning, crew management and operations control. Currently, more than 60 airlines use the RM Rocade Integrated Suite, including FlyDBA, Air Atlanta, MyTravel, Cyprus Airways Austrian Airlines, Icelandair, BA Citiexpress, and other carriers in the European market. RM Rocade also has a significant presence in Asia and other regions with customers such as Air China and Kuwait Airways.

“Sabre Airline Solutions has made it possible for small, medium-size and low cost carriers to operate in new ways through the use of accessible technology,” said Tom Klein, group president for Sabre Airline Solutions. “In the last four years, this has included launching the most successful web-based applications access in the industry through Sabre eMergo, our ASP offering, and adding PC-based scheduling and operations software through the acquisition of David R. Bornemann Associates in 2001. The RM Rocade integrated suite of products is another extension of this strategy and portfolio.”

In today’s travel environment, airlines rely on sophisticated flight operations technology solutions to help them quickly recover from disruptions, such as weather or airport delays, and scheduling crew for their aircraft. In fact, these systems are crucial for the Systems Operations Control center, the nucleus of daily airline operations. The initiatives Sabre Airline Solutions has made for the small, medium-size and low cost carriers help ensure that these technology solutions address their absolute requirement for streamlined, affordable applications.

The ability to make technology accessible to small, medium-size and low cost carriers is partly based on the open standards “plug and play” type architecture. The RM Rocade suite has been designed from the ground up with common industry C++ programming. This result is powerful technology that is easy-to-use, is affordable and can quickly integrate new technologies.

RM Rocade was formed in 1986 as Resource Management AB to offer decision-support systems to the airline industry. The vision was to offer powerful, user-friendly systems supporting an integrated process, combining human experience with mathematical optimization.

“Sabre Airline Solutions is the right fit for our products because they share our vision for leveraging technology to make smart decisions and making this technology accessible and easy to use — taking the airline in a box beyond concept but a reality for small and medium size carriers,” said Urban Deljerud, CEO, for RM Rocade. “We really see the company taking leadership on advancing the industry to new ways of operating that benefit the airline and the customer and we are very excited about being the newest members of the team.”

Sabre Airline Solutions will expand its current flight operations base of over 120 customers through the acquisition — gaining 50-plus incremental customers. The acquisition also will allow Sabre Airline Solutions to significantly expand its sales and support to all of its airline customers worldwide.

“We have made sure that smaller airlines no longer have to make do with sub par technology or manual processes in today’s environment,” said Klein. “The Sabre Airline Solutions flight operations and crew portfolio offers the lowest cost and quick implementation they require

--  and often are the only systems an airline may need to fully
    automate its SOC and manage crew assignments. Smart technology is
    not just about the capabilities we provide, it's also making sure
    we provide it in way that is affordable and accessible for all
    airlines. The addition of the RM Rocade technology and expertise
    is another example of how we make that happen."

    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 in 2003. In the first half of 2004, six new carriers signed up the new generation passenger solution, and another three carriers renewed contracts. In addition, more than 400 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. In the first half of 2004, nearly 300 contracts were signed.

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

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             Kathryn Hayden, 682-605-2252

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