Sabre Airline Solutions Signs Agreement With Mxi to Offer Advanced Maintenance Software to Airlines

Industry Leading Maintenance & Engineering System Will Provide for Fully

                          Integrated SOC Environment

SOUTHLAKE, Texas and OTTAWA, March 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Sabre Airline Solutions, the industry leader in airline operations technology, and Mxi Technologies, a leader in aviation maintenance management software, have signed an agreement to provide the new breed of maintenance and engineering software to the aviation industry.



Under terms of the agreement, the two companies will create an alliance for the purpose of jointly marketing maintenance software and services to the aviation industry. The offering from this alliance will be Mxi’s Maintenix system, a comprehensive maintenance and engineering system that delivers integrated functionality for maintenance, engineering, materials and fleet management.

Current industry estimates show that approximately 9 to 13 percent of an airlines’ operating cost is attributed to the maintenance of its fleet, and approximately 20 percent of an airline’s workforce is in maintenance and engineering. The goal of aviation maintenance software is to help airlines reduce these maintenance costs while ensuring the safety of its passengers and crew and minimizing disruptions.

Sabre Airline Solutions primary offering to date for maintenance software systems is the Sabre Maxi-Merlin maintenance, engineering and inventory system, an outgrowth of the Merlin system acquired during the conversion of the US Airways reservations system in 1998.

The Maintenix system will be offered to existing Maxi-Merlin customers as a replacement system to take advantage of advanced functionality and Web-based architecture.

“The Maintenix system will take our offering in the maintenance and engineering areas to a new level with the kind of smart technology we strive to bring our customers — technology that simplifies the process and provides near term cost savings,” said Steve Clampett, president of Airline Products and Services for Sabre Airline Solutions. “A Web-enabled user interface and an Oracle based platform make Maintenix easy-to-access and easy-to-use. This combination of access and relational database capability is particularly important when you realize that the maintenance of an airlines falls within many different disciplines, crossing many different systems — and in fact, can be an even greater challenge for airlines to manage than their reservations systems.”

Maintenix will be integrated into the Sabre AirOps Control suite, which provides airlines Systems Operation Center (SOC) personnel with centralized, real-time access to critical data to make the best unbiased decisions for an airline. In addition, new or existing customers will be able to access Maintenix through the Sabre eMergo Web-enabled and dedicated network solution, an application service provider (ASP) offering. This delivery option provides the technology without the upfront costs and maintenance of hardware and software systems associated with installing in-house systems.

“We look forward to working with Sabre Airline Solutions to help airlines achieve business benefits through the application of advanced information technology to maintenance,” said Matthew Tobin, vice president of Marketing and Alliances for Mxi Technologies. “We are honored to have Maintenix as Sabre Airline Solutions’ new M&E offering and we are excited at Sabre Airline Solution’s unique ability to offer Maintenix to the airline market through a hosted ASP option.”

Maintenix has been selected by leading organizations throughout the aviation industry including commercial airlines, corporate jet operators, aerospace manufacturers and defense operators. Recent activities include a deal with Boeing to provide maintenance, engineering and logistics software modules for the Boeing Enterprise One comprehensive maintenance management system for airlines and a selection by Lockheed Martin for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program.

Sabre Airline Solutions will continue to support the Maxi-Merlin system, and customers can choose to remain on this system at the end of their current contract.

About Mxi Technologies

Mxi Technologies provides software for aviation maintenance management. Mxi’s Maintenix product has been selected by leading aviation organizations such as Delta Air Lines, Qantas, Air Canada, Boeing, NetJets, Dassault, Bombardier Aerospace, Executive Jet Management, the Lockheed Martin F-35 JSF program, and the US Navy. Maintenix uses a modern architecture and provides advanced capabilities such as Web deployment, automated workflow, electronic signatures, and support for portable wireless devices. In addition to supplying Maintenix, Mxi provides a full range of services including Maintenix implementation, systems integration, training, and support.

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 Maxi-Merlin and eMergo 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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