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Sabre and Scandinavian Airlines expand relationship to include NDC content for Sabre-connected agents worldwide

Scandinavian Airlines and Sabre enhance their long-standing distribution agreement to support the Nordic airline’s new distribution strategy

SOUTHLAKE, Texas, and STOCKHOLM – Aug. 21, 2023 – Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR), a leading software and technology provider that powers the global travel industry, today announced a multi-year distribution agreement that expands its long-standing relationship with Scandinavian Airlines (SAS).

The agreement ensures Sabre-connected agencies can retain competitive access to SAS’s fares and offers through the extensive Sabre travel marketplace, while also giving SAS the ability to distribute future NDC content.

“We want to enable our travel agent partners to provide our customers with the best possible offers and experiences,” said Kati Andersson, Vice President, Digital Transformation, Scandinavian Airlines. “So, it is essential for us to work closely with the right travel technology partner to empower us to get the right offers in front of the right people. Our enhanced distribution agreement with Sabre will allow us to take the next step in our retailing journey, while ensuring that travel agencies will have more options to access our rich content using both traditional and NDC technologies.”

As the flag carrier of Denmark, Norway and Sweden, SAS is a vital player in the Scandinavian travel ecosystem. The enhanced agreement with Sabre supports the airline’s new distribution model, which aims at providing travellers with rich, relevant SAS offers through NDC in addition to EDIFACT, both through the direct and the indirect channel.

“It’s our goal to broaden content and distribution options for our agency and airline partners in important geographies and marketplace segments globally,” added Alessandro Ciancimino, Vice President, Airline Distribution, Sabre Travel Solutions. “We’re confident that Sabre is uniquely positioned to solve the travel ecosystem challenge of providing a unified technology solution for all key industry participants that brings together EDIFACT and NDC content as we transition to a new world of Offers and Orders.”

Sabre’s Beyond NDC program provides the technology infrastructure to expand offer- and order-based airline retailing in the indirect channel. Once activated, Scandinavian Airlines will join more than 15 carriers that are already distributing their NDC content through Sabre’s global distribution system (GDS).  

“Going beyond NDC is a key priority for Sabre as part of our objective of helping airlines succeed with Offer and Order-based retailing,” said Kathy Morgan, Vice President, Product Management, Distribution Experiences, Sabre Travel Solutions. “We’re delighted to work with SAS to release its NDC offers in the coming months. While NDC bookings are still scaling, this agreement with SAS is yet another demonstration of Sabre’s commitment to enhancing global travel retailing, while driving value and serving the diverse interests of the entire travel ecosystem.”


About Sabre Corporation    

Sabre Corporation is a leading software and technology company that powers the global travel industry, serving a wide range of travel companies including airlines, hoteliers, travel agencies and other suppliers. The company provides retailing, distribution and fulfilment solutions that help its customers operate more efficiently, drive revenue and offer personalized traveller experiences. Through its leading travel marketplace, Sabre connects travel suppliers with buyers from around the globe. Sabre’s technology platform manages more than $260B worth of global travel spend annually. Headquartered in Southlake, Texas, USA, Sabre serves customers in more than 160 countries around the world. For more information visit www.sabre.com.    

About Scandinavian Airlines  

SAS, Scandinavia’s leading airline, with main hubs in Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm, is flying to destinations in Europe, USA and Asia. Spurred by a Scandinavian heritage and sustainable values, SAS aims to be the global leader in sustainable aviation. We will reduce total carbon emissions by 25 percent by 2025, by using more sustainable aviation fuel and our modern fleet with fuel-efficient aircraft. In addition to flight operations, SAS offers ground handling services, technical maintenance and air cargo services. SAS is a founder member of the Star Alliance™, and together with its partner airlines offers a wide network worldwide. Learn more at www.sasgroup.net

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