Sabre Airline Solutions to Provide Cost Containment and Expanded Customer Service Capabilities for Canada’s National Low-Fare Carrier
SOUTHLAKE, Texas and CALGARY, Alberta, Feb 2, 2004 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Sabre
Airline Solutions, the industry leader in airline operations technology, and
WestJet (Toronto: WJA), Canada’s national low-fare carrier, announced today a
five-year agreement to implement for WestJet the Sabre Resource Management
suite — software solutions that include the Sabre StaffPlan, Roster Maker,
StaffAdmin and StaffManager offerings. This implementation marks the debut of
Sabre Airline Solution’s Resource Management suite into the low-fare carrier
Under the agreement, the Resource Management technology will help WestJet
manage staffing solutions in all airport locations, including Calgary,
Vancouver, Edmonton and Toronto. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
“Our primary goal in choosing a technology partner is to join forces with
an industry provider that is knowledgeable, flexible and adaptable and will
align its solutions with our business goals,” said Dale Tinevez, WestJet
Director, Airports. “From the very beginning, Sabre Airline Solutions has
been concerned not only with our current needs, but how these resource
management technologies will fit with our future expansion.”
About Resource Management technology
Nowhere is constant motion more visible than at an airport. Sabre Airline
Solutions’ Resource Management suite can improve airport day-to-day operations
with better gate management, more efficient staffing levels and ground support
equipment optimization. The components of the suite employed by WestJet and
the benefits of those systems include:
Tool Function Benefits StaffPlan -- Provides sophisticated staff -- Will make it forecasting and planning possible for WestJet models to significantly to achieve reduce the time and effort consistent airport required for planning and staffing levels budgeting airport personnel. and to identify -- Provides the ability to and understand the determine quick responses to variations in change by its "what-if" staffing levels analysis that evaluates the required to support potential effect of any a given schedule operational changes before for the various implementing new staffing seasons throughout strategies. the year. -- Reduces staffing requirements by up to 25 percent through improved shift schedules, and improves staff utilization by up to seven percent through increased cross-utilization. Roster Maker -- Allows users to create -- Allows users to rotating rosters that create more than define scheduling patterns one roster period beyond seven days. within a roster -- Ensures complete compliance duration, so with all current employees can work international work every possible regulations. schedule making the work assignments fair to all. StaffAdmin -- Provides a flexible platform -- Provides yields for tracking employee of up to five outages, leaves of absence, percent staff attendance and scheduling utilization issues. improvement through -- Presents data that depicts improved rostering. scheduled coverage versus -- Improves required coverage necessary administrative to maintain service levels. staff productivity by up to 20 percent. StaffManager -- Dramatically enhances airport- -- Reduces flight delay handling operations by costs by up to five facilitating real-time staff percent. planning and management, -- Improves utilization specifically those events that of staff and may disrupt the scheduled daily resources by up assignments. to 25 percent.
Holding a cornerstone in airline technology solutions, Sabre Airline
Solutions has been able to adapt these resource management solutions for large
enterprise companies, like the US Transportation Security Administration
(TSA), medium-sized organizations like Vinci Airports/Worldwide Flight
Services and now smaller, low-fare carriers like WestJet.
Sabre Airline Solutions serves over 17 low-cost carriers worldwide, more
than any other airline solution provider, including Southwest Airlines. Sabre
Airline Solutions’ integrated product solutions support a full spectrum of
operations, including reservations and departure control systems, airports,
cargo, crew management, dining and cabin solutions, finance, flight
operations, loyalty, maintenance and engineering, planning and scheduling,
pricing and revenue management, and sales and marketing. These technologies
are designed not only to assist low-cost carriers with current cost-savings
goals, but also to provide the flexibility and support for aggressive growth
strategies. WestJet is already a customer of Sabre Airline Solutions’
“At Sabre Airline Solutions, our primary concern is how quickly we can
make an impact on the bottom line for our customers,” explains Stephen M.
Clampett, president of Airline Products and Services at Sabre Airline
Solutions. “In fact, we implemented the Resource Management solutions for the
TSA less than one year ago and already this organization has achieved
17 percent in cost savings. We are looking forward to making a similar impact
for WestJet in 2004.”
WestJet serves the 24 Canadian cities of Victoria, Comox, Vancouver,
Abbotsford/Fraser Valley, Prince George, Kelowna, Grande Prairie, Calgary,
Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, Windsor,
London, Hamilton, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Moncton, Halifax, Gander and St.
John’s. WestJet is publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the
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
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 carrier
renewals for the SabreSonic 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 http://www.sabre-holdings.com/ .
Sabre Airline Solutions, the Sabre Airline Solutions logo, StaffPlan,
StaffAdmin, StaffManager 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.
SOURCE Sabre Airline Solutions; WestJet
Kathryn Hayden of Sabre Airline Solutions, +1-682-605-2252, or firstname.lastname@example.org ; or Siobhan Vinish [Pronounced Sha-von], Director, Public Relations & Communications of WestJet, +1-403-444-2615, or +1-403-444-2261