Sabre, KLM clinch multi-year deal

20th Mar 2006

Sabre Travel Network is signing a ‘multi-year’ full content agreement with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM).  The deal will give Sabre Connected agents in Europe full access to the airline’s entire range of published fares and inventory, with no distribution surcharge. It is in addition to KLM’s existing and ongoing global participation in the Sabre GDS.

All the fares KLM makes generally available through any GDS are available globally in Sabre.  This deal builds on that relationship - ensuring that additional fares and availability offered through the airline’s direct reservation outlets and its website,, will now be available to Sabre Travel Network’s European travel agency customers too.

The agreement also covers Sabre Holdings’ online travel agency businesses in Europe.  These include Travelocity’s UK and German websites, and the leading Scandinavian website, Resfeber.  Travellers using these sites, and European business travellers using the GetThere online corporate travel booking tool, will have access not only to all published KLM fares and inventory, but also to the airline’s full range of web-fares and content.

Bart Vos, KLM’s vice-president of e-commerce and distribution, said: “Because of its presence in every available channel of travel sales and distribution we view Sabre not just as a GDS operator, but as a key business partner who can add value to our product distribution globally and, very specifically, right here in Europe.” 

Richard Adams, Sabre Travel Network’s senior vice president in EMEA, said: “We are delighted to sign this agreement with KLM, securing enhanced content for our travel agency customers.  It also demonstrates how we bring additional distribution value to our airline partners through ownership of companies like Travelocity and  Because Sabre has a multi-channel distribution strategy we provide the most efficient, comprehensive, global and real-time electronic supermarket for the buying and selling of travel.”



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