Cathay Pacific Upgrades to Sabre Solutions

18th Mar 2004

  Sabre Airline Solutions today announced Cathay Pacific Airways has renewed
its contract for two key products—Sabre AirOps Dispatch Manager and
Sabre AirOps Movement Manager—in an upgrade that will help bolster the
airline’s position as a leading global hub and the gateway to Mainland
China. The Asia Pacific aviation industry is characterized by increasing
competition and mounting market pressures such as the proliferation of low
cost carriers and the advent of new entrants including Qantas’ Jetstar,
Singapore Airlines’ Tiger Airways and Thai Airways’ SkyAsia. In order to
remain competitive, airlines like Cathay Pacific are now relying on IT as
a key strategy for streamlining operations and improving organizational

Cathay Pacific joins a growing list of Asia Pacific carriers who have
selected to upgrade their Systems Operations Control (SOC) with advanced
technology from Sabre Airline Solutions, including Virgin Blue, Air New
Zealand, China Southern, China Airlines and China Eastern.

Complementing its existing Sabre Airline Solutions product portfolio, the
renewal of Sabre AirOps Dispatch Manager and Sabre AirOps Movement Manager
represents Cathay Pacific’s strong commitment to Sabre Airline Solutions’
technology. Further to this, Cathay Pacific will host a Focus Group for
Sabre Airline Solutions users on 24-26 March 2004 as a platform to discuss
the benefits of Sabre Airline Solutions systems and to demonstrate the
role the Sabre Airline Solutions’ product portfolio plays in the company’s
strategic direction.

AirOps Movement Manager enables Cathay Pacific to increase aircraft
utilization and minimize operational disruption by providing a powerful,
flexible tool to help control airline operations. By using the safest,
most cost effective and efficient methods possible, this tool minimizes
the impact of irregular operations on profitability. With AirOps Dispatch
Manager, Cathay Pacific has access to a full service flight planning and
dispatch system that provides the airline with speedy and accurate flight
operation capabilities from generating dispatch release to final flight

“We recently expanded our commitment to the region by resuming flights to
the Chinese Mainland so now more than ever we need reliable, cutting-edge
IT solutions that will enable us to maintain superior service,” said
Captain John McCormick, General Manager Operations, Cathay Pacific
Airways. “Sabre Airline Solutions’ technology plays an integral role in
our daily business operations and provides the proven foundation we need
to maximize organizational success.”


Cameron Curtis, vice president, Asia Pacific, Sabre Airline Solutions
said, “Our customers are our number one priority, a philosophy which is
reflected in the level of investment we make to enhancing our technology.
We ensure that these investments are addressing the areas most important
to customers such as Cathay Pacific. By upgrading to the latest versions
of Sabre AirOps Dispatch Manager and Sabre AirOps Movement Manager, Cathay
Pacific will be able to leverage the advanced aircraft utilization and
flight planning/dispatch systems to remain competitive.”

Cathay Pacific leverages Sabre Airline Solutions technology across many of
its operations, including Sabre AirOps Control suite for the SOC; Sabre
AirFilte planning and scheduling solutions; Sabre AirMax Revenue
Management suite and Sabre CargoMax Revenue Manager; Sabre AirPrice fares
management system; Sabre StaffPlan system; Sabre Aerodynamic Traveler
passenger processing solutions; and Sabre Qik business process solution
for front end user-friendly graphical user interfaces and automated

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
the travel industry. More information about Sabre Holdings is available at .


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