Saturday, March 20, 2010

Air India Strikes Deal With Sabre To Improve Cost Efficiencies

Travel/Distribution Systems
Aviation Daily Mar 22 , 2010 , p. 17
Neelam Mathews

As Air India moves on its promise to cut losses and lower operating costs, it has chosen Sabre Airline Solutions to help achieve operational efficiencies.

Sabre is now supplying software that tracks flight movements in real time (Sabre AirCentre Flight ) and notifies the carrier of impending operations issues before they become problems. Another program, Sabre AirCentre Crew, will help plan and manage crew operations. This encompasses planning, crew rosters and pairing. Another contract will help in making optimum usage of the fleet and assist in assignment of slots (Sabre AirVision).

“Cost benefits of between 5-20% have been achieved by various airlines within the first 18 months of operation [using the programs]," says Vish Viswanathan, VP of South Asia for Sabre.

A driver for awarding this bid in record time — and also an impetus for the technology investment — has been the upcoming Commonwealth Games in October in New Delhi, for which Air India is the official airline partner. This project is a challenging one as a significant effort needs to be put in to merge and integrate all four carriers — Air India, AI Express, Indian Airlines and Alliance Air — under one system.

Sabre is also independently helping Air India with an evaluation on the upcoming General Electric-Air India MRO shop. Air India presently uses decade-old Sabre software, which is no longer supported by Sabre. "Air India is now 100 percent focused on cost efficiencies," said Arvind Jadhav, Air India chairman.

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