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Flight Centre goes for Sabre in Australia and NZ

March 8, 2018 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Sabre and Flight Centre have announced a new agreement in which Sabre will provide its distribution services and the Sabre Red Workspace to Flight Centre travel agents in Australia and New Zealand.

A statement issued by Sabre said the two companies shared a commitment to innovation, “and a vision for the future of travel and technology’s role in bringing that vision to life”.

This new pact follows continued growth and the success of Flight Centre’s relationship with Sabre in the US, Canada and Mexico.

Flight Centre managing director Graham Turner said that a key Flight Centre global strategy was to increase productivity “and we believe that Sabre’s strong product suite, which is now fully implemented in Australia and New Zealand, will help us build on the success we are already having in this regard”.

Sabre has already upgraded more than 1300 Flight Centre locations to the new Sabre Red Workspace, representing nearly 9500 travel agents, resulting in a solid increase in conversions compared to the same time last year.

Additionally, Sabre says it has been able to reduce the amount of time associated with initial training and onboarding of Flight Centre staff, in addition to providing a system designed to allow consultants to up-sell and cross-sell more effectively.

“Flight Centre is a thought leader and ours is a natural partnership,” said Wade Jones, president of Sabre Travel Network.

“We share a common belief and vision that the right technology solutions coupled with scale and innovation will deliver the kind of shopping and retailing experience that travellers want, while delivering the efficiency and speed that agents need.

“Since expanding our relationship and rolling out the new Sabre Red Workspace, Flight Centre travel agents are already seeing the promising results that we expect from our highly-intuitive and ultra-fast desktop solution.”

Under the agreement, Flight Centre Travel Group will use the Sabre GDS as one of its key platforms to shop, book and manage travel content from among 400 airlines, 900,000 hotel options, 24 car rental brands and 14 cruise lines.

Edited by William Sykes

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