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 carriers.

“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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