Sabre, a global travel technology company, has signed a technology agreement with Air New Zealand to market and sell the airline’s products and services in the Sabre global distribution system.
The airline’s Economy Skycouch seats and pre-paid bags are already available in Sabre in select markets.
More than 400,000 travel agents worldwide will continue to have real-time access to Air New Zealand’s fares, schedules and inventory, in addition to ancillary products.
Air New Zealand offers Economy Skycouch and pre-paid bags for booking through the Sabre travel marketplace in New Zealand, Australia, the US, Canada and United Kingdom.
The airline plans to expand to other markets in the future.
Being part of the Sabre travel marketplace provides Air New Zealand access to a vast amount of global travellers shopping for their next destination with a travel agent or on their own with an online travel agency.
By offering all of its products and services in all sales channels, the airline will also increase its revenues.
“Air New Zealand has been a long-time Sabre customer who has created a number of innovations in air travel shopping and we look forward to continue providing the technology that will power their marketing and sales strategy through our marketplace,” said Hans Belle, vice president, Sabre Travel Network.
“Sabre’s focus continues to be squarely on helping travel suppliers increase revenues while ensuring travel buyers can book travel in the fastest, most efficient way.”
Air New Zealand joins a long list of airlines, including Qantas, Air France-KLM, Alitalia, Brussels Airlines, Aegean, Aeromexico, EL AL, easyJet, Finnair, Lufthansa and US Airways, that have chosen to offer ancillary services and bundled fares through Sabre’s travel marketplace and travel agencies.