Sabre Strengthens Presence in the Middle East With $4.7m Oman Air Deal

Sabre Holdings Corporation (NYSE: TSG) today announced that Oman Air has signed up for three of its industry-leading departure control IT products - in addition to renewing its existing contract to use the Sabre Passenger Reservation System for an additional 10 years.

“Sabre is committed to assisting Oman Air in its continued quest for excellence and to be its long-term partner as it expands,” said Nejib Ben- Khedher, Sabre vice president for EMEA. “We look forward to seeing the airline benefit from our state-of-the-art systems through increased market share and revenue as well as enhanced productivity and cost reduction. With the help of our products, Oman Air is well placed to play a major role in their region, not only as a technologically advanced corporation, but as a competitive airline with premier service.”

The three new departure and IT tools, which have been chosen specifically to help the airline increase productivity and reduce costs, include:

The Sabre
ACSI airport check-in system, which will fully automate Oman Air`s passenger check-in process, improving customer service and staff utilization.

The Sabre Steady State weight and balance system, designed to automatically generate load control information to produce optimal flight plans for loading Oman Air aircraft and saving fuel.


The Sabre Qik-Airport airport operations system, which will enable Oman Air staff to use just one screen to access all passenger services including: reservations, baggage check-in, passenger handling and ticketing, flight control and aircraft departure.

Oman Air
added these state-of-art technologies after renewing its contract for Sabre Passenger Reservation System. This renewal extends Oman Air`s access to the industry`s only fully integrated solution designed to support all passenger interactions. The system allows the airline to increase sales through every distribution channel, streamline processes and automate manual tasks, as well as increase traveler self-service capabilities.

“We were attracted to the Sabre Passenger Reservation system because of its ability to fully integrate departure control into the reservations process,” said Abdul Rahman Al Busaidy, chief executive officer for Oman Air. “This not only makes our life easier but it also reduces both cost and the likelihood of human error.”

Over 70 other airlines currently use Sabre departure control and reservations products including: Alaska Airlines, Pakistan International Airways and Hawaiian Airlines. This total includes nine new carriers that have signed up for the Sabre Passenger Reservation System in 2002 and four carriers, including Oman Air, that have signed renewals in 2002.

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