THAI Chooses Sabre Airline Solutions

25th Nov 2003

PRNewswire SOUTHLAKE, Texas Nov. 25 :

Sabre Airline Solutions today signed a multi-million dollar agreement with
Thai Airways International Public Company Limited for Sabre AirCrews crew
management system, an integrated and comprehensive solution which supports
the end-to-end crew management needs of an airline. The system addresses
all phases of crew management operations from long-term crew resource
planning through day-of-operations crew tracking, ensuring efficient
deployment of crew at minimum cost while maintaining flight reliability
and schedule integrity.
The contract with THAI brings to 67 the number of Sabre Airline Solutions
agreements to be signed this year with Asia Pacific-based carriers,
highlighting the company`s commitment to the region and its ability to
provide solutions with a proven return on investment to carriers in
According to Mr. Kanok Abhiradee, president of Thai Airways International,
the new system will help the airline to create a competitive advantage
through more cost effective crew resource utilization and management.

“Our aim is to implement a world-class crew management solution, which is
able to support decision-making capabilities based on a number of
scenarios,” said Mr. Abhiradee. “With Sabre AirCrews, THAI will be able to
respond quickly to a variety of situations with minimal impact to our
customers and simultaneously benefit the crew through better pairing and
supporting work preferences.”
Steve Clampett, president of Airline Product and Services for Sabre
Airline Solutions, explained that the AirCrews system would help THAI
manage the complexity involved in air crew operations and substantially
lower crew related costs.

“Managing air crews is one of the most complex operations for airlines
today,” Clampett said. “Airlines need information to plan the day-of-
operations, manage large volume of crew data, generate pairings, perform
crew rostering analyses, communicate data between systems and generate
reports, alerts and notifications.

“We have found that with the AirCrews system operational costs have been
reduced from between 3 and 7 percent, while the incidence of flight delays
and cancellations due to crew scheduling issues have also been reduced.
These proven results mean good news for both the airline and the airline`s
customers,” continued Clampett.


THAI will immediately benefit from the automation of the AirCrews system
to react quickly to situations such as competitor activity and changes in
crew rosters and flight cancellations.

As part of the agreement with THAI, Sabre Airline Solutions developed a
comprehensive support package, which includes user training and on-site
support, delivery support, maintenance support and focus group
participation to ensure THAI`s objectives are achieved.

Other carriers in the region that have selected the AirCrews system to
help reduce crew costs and support better decision making include
Singapore Airlines, Korean Airlines, Virgin Blue, Air New Zealand, China
Southern Airlines, China Airlines and Cathay Pacific.

THAI has been a Sabre Airline Solutions customer since 1995 and currently
utilizes various suites of products for flight operations, planning and
scheduling and business processing management, including Sabre AirFlite
Schedule Manager (previously known as PC AirFlite), Sabre AirOps Dispatch
Manager (previously known as AirPath) and Sabre Qik Business Processing
About Sabre Airline Solutions
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. More than 90 airlines worldwide rely on
Sabre Airline Solutions for their reservation and departure control
systems, with 16 new carriers and eight renewals signing in 2002. In
addition, more than 100 clients worldwide have turned to Sabre Airline
Solutions Consulting Group for strategic, commercial and operational
consulting. More than 300 contracts were signed in 2002 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
Sabre Airline Solutions, the Sabre Airline Solutions logo, Sabre AirCrews,
Sabre AirFlite, Sabre AirOps, Sabre AirPath and Sabre Qik are trademarks
and/or service marks of an affiliate of Sabre Holdings Corporation. All
other trademarks, service marks, and trade names are the property of their
respective owners.


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