Sabre travel agencies benefit from continued access to easyJet content
LONDON – Feb. 24, 2016 – easyJet, Europe’s leading airline, today announced a new long-term distribution agreement with Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR), the leading technology provider to the global travel industry. The agreement gives corporate travel agencies across Europe continued access to easyJet fares through the Sabre GDS.
Around 20 percent of easyJet’s passengers travel for business. The airline’s agreement with Sabre helps easyJet continue serving this important corporate segment.
“easyJet made its inventory available through the GDS in 2007 and it remains of paramount importance to have a key distributor like Sabre accessing our fares including key products like inclusive fares and corporate negotiated fares,” said Peter Duffy, easyJet’s commercial director. “We continue to deliver on the strategy we launched in 2010 to increase our appeal to the business travel sector. Enhancements including allocated seating, Inclusive fares and Fast Track Security have all played a part in enabling easyJet to attract more business passengers.”
Harald Eisenaecher, Sabre senior vice president EMEA, said: “We have collaborated closely with easyJet over the past eight years to support their business goals and corporate travel strategy.” “During this time, Sabre has helped increase sales among corporations, travel management companies and travel agencies, and expanded easyJet’s reach in new and existing markets where Sabre has entered and grown. We look forward to continuing our close relationship.”
The GDS relationships easyJet has built have enabled it to successfully grow its presence in the business travel market. The airline has also signed a large number of corporate contracts in the past five years.
easyJet is Europe’s leading airline offering a unique and winning combination of the best route network connecting Europe’s primary airports, with great value fares and friendly service.
easyJet flies on more of Europe’s most popular routes than any other airline. easyJet carries over 68 million passengers annually, of which around 12 million are travelling on business. easyJet flies over 240 aircraft on more than 780 routes to over 130 airports across 33 countries. More than 300 million Europeans live within one hour’s drive of an easyJet airport.
easyJet’s low fares, industry-leading punctuality and friendly service across Europe’s leading network have all been important factors in helping it to both attract and retain new business customers. The airline operates the leading European network flying on more of the top 100 routes than any other airline.
easyJet aims to be a good corporate citizen, employing people on local contracts in seven countries across Europe in full compliance with national laws and recognising their trade unions. The airline supports a number of local charities and also has a corporate partnership with UNICEF which has raised over £6m for the most vulnerable children since it was established in 2012.
The airline takes sustainability seriously. easyJet invests in the latest technology, operates efficiently and fills most of its seats which means that an easyJet passenger’s carbon footprint is 22% less than a passenger on a traditional airline, flying the same aircraft on the same route.
Innovation is in easyJet’s DNA – from our launch almost 20 years ago when we changed the way people fly to the present day where we lead the industry in digital, web, engineering and operational innovations to make travel more easy and affordable for our passengers.
About Sabre Corporation
Sabre Corporation is the leading technology provider to the global travel industry. Sabre’s software, data, mobile and distribution solutions are used by hundreds of airlines and thousands of hotel properties to manage critical operations, including passenger and guest reservations, revenue management, flight, network and crew management. Sabre also operates a leading global travel marketplace, which processes more than $120 billion of estimated travel spend annually by connecting travel buyers and suppliers. Headquartered in Southlake, Texas, USA, Sabre serves customers in more than 160 countries around the world.