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Qantas Deploys Sabre AirFlite Suite Systems

  Sabre Airline Solutions, the industry leader in airline operations
technology, today announced that Qantas Airlines has gone live with
Release 10 of Sabre AirFlite Schedule Manager and Profit Manager,
providing automation of the flight scheduling and route evaluation
processes. With over 60 airline customers worldwide, AirFlite is the industry
standard for scheduling software solutions. All of the top 10 airlines
globally are using at least one of the AirFlite suite’s scheduling
products. While Release 10 of the product has been in rigorous testing for
several months, AirFlite Schedule Manager is now live, running all Qantas’
long haul schedule planning.

Schedule Manager is being used to evaluate Qantas’ route and network
decisions up to three years in advance. Currently four other global
customers are poised to join Qantas with implementation of the system,
going live by the middle of 2004.

Qantas has undertaken the first live implementation of the Release 10
version of the AirFlite suite. This release employs state-of-the-art,
multi- user, Java Oracle technology to improve performance, usability, and
integration resulting in faster, easier, and smarter scheduling. Smooth
implementation has also been a goal of development work.

“I have been very pleased with the smooth introduction that Sabre Airline
Solutions has achieved with Schedule Manager,” said David Round, Manager
Network Systems & Communication, Qantas. “As the first airline to go live
with the new system version, we were expecting some initial problems but
we have been impressed with the system and support we have received from
Sabre staff.

As a result of the easy rollout of these products and the performance of
AirFlite suite to date, Qantas plans to also go live with Release 10 of
AirFlite Fleet Manager in the first half of 2004. Fleet Manager enables an
airline to optimally allocate capacity to improve the profitability of a
schedule employing a patented O&D passenger flow model in its global
optimization technique. In addition, Qantas has also committed to the
purchase of Release 10 of the Sabre SlotManager system, which will allow
them to manage and track slot rights at slot-coordinated airports, and
streamline the slot request process.


Cameron Curtis, vice president, Asia Pacific said, “We offer our client
base a proven migration path to this new platform using our PC-based
systems (PC AirFlite). When our clients want to take the next step in
terms of advanced planning and scheduling functionality and optimization
techniques—we are ready. We are noticing an increased awareness of the
value of schedule and market profitability analysis. Airlines need tools
to manage market demand, airline constraints and profitability data so
that they can make schedule, network and fleeting decisions quickly and
accurately. These are decisions with a high dollar impact that can’t be
done manually in many cases.”

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. Over 100 airlines worldwide rely on Sabre
Airline Solutions for passenger management solutions, with 15 new carriers
added and nine carriers renewals for SabreSonic Res advanced reservations
and departure control systems in 2003. In addition, more than 100 clients
worldwide have turned to Sabre Airline Solutions consulting group for
strategic, commercial and operational consulting. More than 500 contracts
worldwide were signed in 2003 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 .

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