duo Airways Signs Agreement With Sabre

Birmingham, England-based regional European carrier, duo Airways Limited,
has signed an agreement with Sabre Airline Solutions for Sabre FliteTrac
operations control and flight following system to facilitate the airline’s
business and regulatory requirements for monitoring flight status.
FliteTrac gathers data such as flight number and date, origin and
destination, departure time, assigned aircraft, fuel data, passenger list
(both planned and actual) and the original, revised, estimated and actual
arrival times.

Benefits of FliteTrac include increased personnel productivity, reduced
operations controller workload, easy-to-read graphical data, and constant
awareness of fleet status. Features include integration with an airline’s
legacy systems, a customizable user interface, automatically updated
database information, and built-in reports.

“We are extremely impressed with this product,” said Richard King,
operations manager, duo Airways Limited. “All too often software packages
fail to deliver against expectations. FliteTrac is an exception to this
industry norm—not only does it deliver what we wanted, it does more.”

FliteTrac was installed at duo in record time to help the airline’s
operations personnel readily monitor the status of flights in line with
business and regulatory requirements. By interfacing with duo’s computer
reservation system, the FliteTrac system can display real-time flight
information in a Gantt chart format, with color-coding defined by the
carrier, to indicate flight status.

Vinay Dube, vice president, Sabre Airline Solutions for the Europe, Middle
East and Africa region, added: “One of our strengths is leveraging our
robust technology arsenal to provide affordable, quick solutions for
carriers of all sizes. And, with our knowledge of the industry, the
region, and an understanding of duo’s immediate business needs, we were
able to implement this solution on an accelerated basis.”


Sabre Airline Solutions currently has 61 FliteTrac customers globally. The
contract with duo adds to the momentum of European carriers opting for the
smart technology available from Sabre Airline Solutions—with nearly 90
contracts signed in the region during the past 12 months. 

Created from the management buy-out of Maersk Air Limited (Birmingham) in
2003, duo is the new European airline flying from Birmingham and Edinburgh
to 14 European destinations.

Maersk Air Ltd operated for over 10 years under a British Airways
franchise agreement from Birmingham. The management team and staff who set
up duo have many years’ experience in the aviation industry. The
management buy- out means that all the staff own a part of the company and
therefore play a crucial role in its future success. It now employs over
300 people, including its own engineering department, which maintains its
fleet of eight aircraft. 

Sabre Airline Solutions, a Sabre Holdings company, is the world’s largest
provider of software products, reservation and departure control systems
and consulting services to help airlines simplify operations and lower
costs. Over 200 airlines worldwide use Sabre Airline Solution’s broad
portfolio of software solutions for decision-support tools to increase
revenues and improve operations. Over 100 airlines worldwide rely on Sabre
Airline Solutions for passenger management solutions, with 15 new carriers
added and nine carrier renewals for SabreSonic Res advanced reservations
and departure control systems in 2003. In addition, more than 100 clients
worldwide have turned to Sabre Airline Solutions consulting group for
strategic, commercial and operational consulting. More than 500 contracts
worldwide were signed in 2003 within Sabre Airline Solutions.

Sabre Holdings Corporation is a world leader in travel commerce, retailing
travel products and providing distribution and technology solutions for
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