Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR), the leading technology provider to the global travel industry, has entered into an agreement with HNA Aviation Group to provide its airlines with software that will help create more revenue opportunities, while operating more efficiently. Sabre Airline Solutions will play a key role in helping the airlines navigate the highly complex operating environments that are seen in China and the global aviation landscape. HNA Aviation Group is one of the fastest growing airlines in China and has earned a 5-star Skytrax rating for its level of service.
Dasha Kuksenko, Vice President and Regional General Manager APAC, Sabre signs the master agreement with He Haiyan, Information Technology Director of HNA Tourism Aviation Investment Holding Group. Behind from left to right are Zhang Wei, Wu Zhidian and Xie Haoming HNA; Scott Shaw and Steve Winkates from US Embassy; Greg Gilchrist, Peter Wu and Henning Bruns from Sabre.
“We are honored to work with the HNA Aviation Group to help them with their technology and business needs as they continue to grow,” said Hugh Jones, executive vice president and president, Sabre Airline Solutions. “China is a critical aviation market for Sabre because of its rapid growth. With that growth comes an increase in operational complexities. Our technology will help with that complexity and will allow HNA’s airlines to compete more effectively in a very competitive global environment.”
“HNA Aviation Group, one of HNA Group’s core entities, is built on the enormous tourist market in China and is devoted to the development of aviation and tourist industry,” said Mr. Xie Haoming, COO of HNA Tourism Group. “The industry-leading solutions that Sabre has developed will make our airlines more efficient and profitable and enable us to better service our customers.”
HNA will harness the AirVision Planning and Scheduling and AirCentre Movement suite of products. The AirVision Planning and Scheduling solution will enable HNA to accurately forecast demand and deliver profitable schedules across their network all while enabling its airlines to capture more revenue. It also takes a comprehensive view of the airline to deliver solutions on time and on budget, while providing around-the-clock global customer care.
The AirCentre Movement Manager and Recovery Manager will help HNA enhance cross-functional operations control through integrated workflow and systems that intuitively manage daily operations and disruptions to protect on-time performance and passenger experience.
“This relationship with HNA Aviation Group is a great opportunity to introduce new tools and continue to build a stronger team in China,” said Dasha Kuksenko, vice president and regional general manager, Asia Pacific, Sabre Airlines Solutions. “Sabre has significantly increased its presence and engagement in Asia Pacific by developing an operations center in Shanghai, which complements our team in Beijing.”
To commemorate the agreement between the two companies, a signing ceremony was held yesterday in Beijing with executives from HNA Aviation Group and Sabre in attendance.