Sabre Airline Solutions Introduces Industry-First Interline E-Ticketing Hub, Offering Carriers a Single Link to All Airline Partners

SabreSonic Ticket Helps Airlines Reduce Development and Distribution Costs

SOUTHLAKE, Texas, Feb. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Sabre Airline
Solutions, the industry leader in airline operations technology, announced
today the launch of the interline e-ticketing hub capability within SabreSonic
Ticket, an industry-first solution that provides airline carriers a single
connection point to all Interline partners, significantly reducing development
and distribution costs and enhancing an airline’s a ability to be more
customer centric. The interline e-ticketing hub offering is part of Sabre
Airline Solutions’ recently announced new generation passenger management
suite, SabreSonic.

Interline e-ticketing (IET) is becoming a necessity among airline carriers
trying to reduce costly paper-filled processes. It is also made necessary as
they continue to extend codeshare partnerships resulting in travel
arrangements that increasingly involve multiple airlines. Interline
agreements among airlines allow passengers the ability to use one e-ticket
when their itinerary includes travel on two or more carriers. These
agreements also help to facilitate the transfer of flight coupons to
alternative flights on other airlines in the case of abnormal flight
operations resulting from disruptions.

Until now, each airline’s Interline e-ticketing link was unique and
customized to each partner airline. This meant that a single airline could
have many individual agreements, making the development and implementation of
these bi-lateral connections both costly and time-consuming. The new e-
ticketing hub capability in SabreSonic Ticket virtually eliminates the
necessity for bi-lateral carrier links. Once a carrier is connected to the
hub, access is available to all other linked carriers, including those on
other reservations systems.

The SabreSonic Ticket capability addresses the trend for carriers to use
e-ticketing as both a cost advantage and an additional customer-centric
offering. With SabreSonic Ticket, airlines are able to reduce interline
distribution costs, and meet mandatory implementation times driven by major US

“The release of the SabreSonic Ticket continues to solidify Sabre Airline
Solutions as the airline industry’s leader in high performing passenger
management solutions,” said Gianni Marostica, president of Airline Passenger
Solutions at Sabre Airline Solutions. “Sabre Airline Solutions is leading the
market in electronic connectivity solutions because of our breadth of
experience in IET, our technology acumen and our ability to deliver solid,
reliable solutions to market in the timeliness that this fast-paced industry
demands. Our recent offering of the SabreSonic suite of passenger management
solutions, which is based on an open systems platform and makes the IET Hub
possible, is truly a step ahead of the pace of the industry.”

The IET Hub supports all airline carrier technology requirements and is
able to transfer electronic data from one carrier to another by translating
all forms of electronic data interchange (EDI) software. This translation
process eliminates extensive development that was once required for carriers
to establish the interline connection between individual airlines.

In addition, a vast array of diagnostic tools give carriers the ability to
more closely monitor Interline traffic. These tools enable carriers to set
notification thresholds through a graphical user interface. For example, if a
link goes down and error messages are generated, an e-mail notification is
sent notifying the carrier of the situation.

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 and SabreSonic
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.

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