Sabre and Abacus Host Airline Technology Forum

Representatives from more than 50 airlines assembled in Bangkok to attend a two-day international airline conference to discuss technology solutions to improve airline operations, increase revenues and enhance customer loyalty.

Hosted by Sabre
and Sabre`s partner in the Asia Pacific region, Abacus
, the conference highlighted new developments in Sabre`s portfolio of end-to-end IT solutions for the challenges of the current economic climate and examine recent successful case studies between Sabre and Asia Pacific based airlines.

“The Asia Pacific region is the world`s fastest growing passenger market resulting in dramatic changes in terms of passenger numbers and carrier growth. In addition, the worldwide airline industry is undergoing tremendous change. Sabre has been working with airlines in the region to address both of these demands,” said Mike Baldwin, Sabre senior vice president for Asia Pacific. “At the conference attendees witnessed how Sabre is partnering with airlines in order to harness growth to the best effect.”

“Despite a challenging economic climate,” Baldwin continued, “Sabre is seeing a growth in its airline solutions business. We believe it is because airlines recognize the proven value Sabre provides especially in a demanding market. What we are seeing are airlines saying now is the time to invest in technologies from the company that knows the airline industry better than anyone else and can hit the ground running with the right solutions. This growth is global and this growth is specific to Asia Pacific.” Recent Sabre Airline Solutions highlights:

- Over 30 contracts have been signed in the Asia Pacific region in the last two years alone with Sabre Airline Solutions—Sabre`s business unit solely devoted to the airline business; 16 new contracts signed with 12 Asia Pacific-based carriers in 2002; 18 contracts signed with nine Asia Pacific based carriers in 2001.


- The success in Asia Pacific reflects the growing momentum of airlines worldwide choosing Sabre`s technology solutions to streamline their operations with the leading decision support tools.

- In 2002 alone (year to date) over 300 contracts signed—over 200 new and 50 renewals.

- In addition, nine new carriers in Asia Pacific are participating in the GDS, 10 carriers have chosen the premium connectivity level and five carriers in the region have expanded their e-ticketing capabilities.

The international airline conference was held on Sept. 25th and 26th at the Royal Orchid Sheraton, Bangkok.