Qantas Selects Sabre Airline Solutions for Flight Schedules

20th May 2003

Sabre Airline Solutions
has announced Qantas selected the Sabre AirFlite suite of products to develop its flight schedules and improve its profitability across all regional, short haul and long haul routes for the airline.

As part of the deal, Sabre Airline Solutions will also establish a regional Center of Excellence (COE) to advise Asia Pacific-based carriers on fleet scheduling issues. The Sydney-based COE will initially aid Qantas in evaluating the profitability of routes from an entire network and fleet perspective and aims to work closely with other APAC based carriers.

Qantas Group
General Manager Network Alan Joyce said an efficient scheduling system was very important to the Qantas.

“Sabre Airline Solutions has an impressive list of customer airlines already successfully using these products. These client airlines include several oneworld(TM) alliance members.

“The installation of the Sabre AirFlite suite will enable Qantas to quickly allocate appropriate capacity according to consumer demand or during any short-term disruptions,” he added.


Michael Baldwin, Sabre Airline Solutions senior vice president for Asia Pacific, said that Qantas will realize immediate benefits from the implementation, while aviation in the Asia Pacific region will gain from both the COE and the growth of Sabre Airline Solutions in the region.

“The combination of products selected by Qantas chiefly allows decisions to be made from an entire network perspective, not just from individual routes, which parallels the schedule change practice at most airlines,” said Baldwin. “In addition, the COE will provide further market advantages for all current and prospective Sabre AirFlite customers.”

The decision to establish a Sabre Airline Solutions` COE in Sydney follows the successful introduction of a COE based in Paris, France that supports carriers in the Europe, Africa and the Middle East region.

“Through the Center of Excellence Sabre Airline Solutions will be able to advise on technical issues and the best practice of products, all within similar time zones of Asia Pacific airlines and with local knowledge of the global aviation industry,” said Baldwin.

With this deal, Sabre Airline Solutions now supports the flight scheduling function at 12 of the top carriers in the Asia-Pacific region including All Nippon, Singapore, Cathay Pacific, Thai, Korean, Malaysia, China Airlines, China Southern, Air New Zealand, Air China, and China Eastern.

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