New solutions help agencies and airlines transition smoothly to
a 100% e-ticketing environment
SOUTHLAKE, Texas, May 5, 2008 – Sabre Travel Network, the world’s leading travel distribution provider today announced plans to launch a Virtual Miscellaneous Charge Order (vMCO) solution to help travel agents book flights and other miscellaneous transactions that are not yet e-ticketable.
The new solution adds to Sabre’s existing suite of products designed to help agents and airlines transition to a 100 percent e-ticketing environment.
Available June 1, ’Sabre vMCO’ addresses concerns voiced recently by UK and Canadian agency organizations that some transactions would not be e-ticketable in time for IATA’s May 31, 2008, 100 percent e-ticketing mandate.
British Airways is one of the first airlines to endorse the use of Sabre’s vMCO solution.
“Moving to a 100 percent e-ticketing environment is one of the most significant industry initiatives ever undertaken, and we’ve been working with airline and agency customers to proactively address gaps where e-ticketing won’t be available,” said Chris Kroeger, Senior Vice President for Sabre Travel Network.
Agents using ’Sabre vMCO’ will be able to arrange for passengers to receive a paper ticket at the airport when an airline or route is not yet e-ticketable. The solution can also be used to pay for miscellaneous transactions such as excess baggage vouchers and exchange fees, as well as “Pre-paid Ticket Advices” (“PTA”) and “Tickets on Departure” (“TOD”) for which e-ticketing is not yet available.
Addressing the need for agency efficiency, Sabre’s vMCO solution will be completely automated, passing transaction details to IATA’s Billing and Settlement Plans, and an agency’s mid and back-office systems for a fully integrated, end-to-end solution.
“Our agents around the world already issue over 93 percent of their tickets as e-tickets – a figure that is steadily rising as we focus on enabling e-ticketing for remaining airlines and thousands of other interline carriers. Sabre agents can also issue single e-tickets for passengers traveling on multiple carriers, using data from more than 6,100 Interline E-Ticket (IET) agreements we already have in our system,” said Kroeger.
Sabre Travel Network’s sister company, Sabre Airline Solutions, is also working closely with airlines to help them transition to an e-ticketing environment, offering a solution called ’SabreSonic Ticket’ to help airlines distribute electronic tickets through its own sales channels and travel agencies, as well as check in passengers with electronic tickets, and issue IETs.
“More than 150 airlines use ’SabreSonic Ticket’ IET ’hub’ to facilitate e-ticketing with participating carriers, eliminating the need for bilateral agreements and special connections,” said Kroeger.
IET hub-connected carriers include British Airways, KLM, Cathay Pacific, Qantas, US Airways and Northwest Airlines.
About Sabre Travel Network
Sabre Travel Network, a Sabre Holdings company, provides the most comprehensive end-to-end solutions for corporate and leisure travel. The Sabre GDS is the foundation for these solutions, providing a ready-built efficient marketplace that connects travel suppliers, including hundreds of airlines and thousands of hotels, with more than 50,000 travel agency locations. Currently, Sabre collectively handles over 70 percent of the BTN 100 bookings.
Key brands of Sabre Travel Network include GetThere, for corporate travel reservation technology; Nexion, a host agency; SynXis, for hotel reservation management, distribution and technology services; E-site marketing, specializing in online business solutions exclusively for the hospitality industry TRAMS, mid- and back-office solutions and marketing services for travel agencies; and TRAMS Marketing Alliance (TMA), a marketing promotions services for leisure travel agencies. Sabre Travel Network also markets TripTailor Vacations, a travel wholesaler providing dynamic packaging for the travel agency marketplace.
Sabre Holdings connects people with the world’s greatest travel possibilities by 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.