Sabre announced strategic plans for its multihosting systems including significant enhancements to the Sabre Passenger Reservation System.
Whilst meeting the Sabre Multihost Customer Council, the company presented a 2001 proposed product plan that outlined advanced technological features, such as a new Passenger Name Record Complex (PNRC), a direct connect car and hotel functionality, and an upgrade in the Sabre Qik multihost product.
The enhancements are expected to provide Sabre multihost customers with more efficient tools and tremendous cost savings.
Sabre Passenger Reservations System is one of three multihosting systems that Sabre provides. It is a highly sophisticated, fully integrated system that manages an airline`s reservations function. Currently, the system processes more than 110 million messages per day with a response time of two seconds. Passenger Reservations System contains over 45 million fares that give Sabre- connected travel consultants the ability to search for the lowest fares worldwide.
New offerings for 2001 include:
* Passenger Name Record Complex (PNRC) - is a unique enhancement that consolidates all passenger name records (PNR) regardless of which distribution channel (e.g. airlines, websites, corporate or travel agencies) the reservation is made through. The system provides all distribution channels with the same real-time PNR information 7 Electronic ticketing with 16 coupons - allows travellers with multiple segments to have one PNR. Currently, travellers with more than four segments require multiple PNRs for their trip.
*Multi-payment capabilities for electronic ticketing - allows a traveller to use multiple forms of payments during one transaction.
* Sabre Airport Check-in System International will be enhanced to feature a new automation process that allows flight changes to immediately be integrated into the departure control system. Currently this process is manual.
* Direct connection to car and hotel - allows an airline`s website and reservations department to provide immediate confirmation of hotel accommodation and car rental requests.
* Sabre Qik-3 upgrade - plans are being made to upgrade Sabre Qik users to the new Qik 3 product that was introduced earlier this year.