Oman Air is naming Sabre as its preferred global distribution system (GDS) as part of a marketing agreement signed by the airline and Sabre Travel Network. The deal gives Sabre Connected travel agencies access to the full range of Oman Air fares, and will allow Oman Air to promote and support Sabre as its preferred GDS through joint sales and marketing activities in Oman and beyond.
As part of the agreement, Oman Air has upgraded to Sabre’s Direct Connect Availability (DCA), the highest level of connectivity in the Sabre system. This means that Sabre Connected travel agencies will benefit from real-time access and last seat availability to the carrier’s inventory.
The airline’s full range of fares will also be made available through Travelocity and lastminute.com.
In addition, Sabre Connected travel agents will now be able to issue electronic tickets for travel on Oman Air.
“We are currently targeting to achieve 100 percent e-ticketing implementation by the end of 2006, a year earlier than IATA’s target date for the end of paper ticketing,” said Ziad Al Haremi, acting chief executive officer of Oman Air. “Through e-ticketing, Oman Air expects to reduce its distribution costs by approximately 40 percent in Oman, and around 30 percent across the Middle East. This will be an added incentive for our travel agency customers to support bookings through the Sabre system.”