Emirates strengthens ties with Sabre Airline Solutions, signs deal with lastminute.com
Sabre Airline Solutions is to enhance Emirates’ flight scheduling activity by implementing the latest Sabre AirFlite flight schedules planning and management solutions. (1/10/2007)
In a separate development, lastminute.com has signed a deal to become the sole worldwide supplier of hotel products to the Emirates’ website for the first time.
As far as the deal with Sabre Airline Solutions is concerned, Emirates has replaced its existing Sabre Airline Solutions product, PC AirFlite, with the premier offering.
Sabre AirFlite supports an airline’s entire flight scheduling activity, from strategic planning through to the construction of a seasonal schedule and short-term tactical schedule adjustments. The latest issue, version 2006, contains major advances in schedule publication, passenger connection analysis, code-share handling and many other features.
Azhar Kapadwanjwala, vice-president of schedule planning and network optimisation at Emirates, said that the need for greater functionality resulted in airline’s decision to upgrade to Sabre Airline Solutions’ premier flight scheduling tool.
“It has the performance and ease-of-use of PC AirFlite, but the enhanced features will help make our business more efficient and profitable,” he said.
As far as the airline’s relationship with lastminute.com is concerned, the travel site has been servicing Emirates’ customers’ global hotel needs since mid-November last year, across the 43 international markets in which the airline currently operates.
The new service gives customers access to over 100, 000 city and resort-based hotels worldwide, with access to lastminute.com’s full range of 3- to 5-star luxury, holiday and hip hotels.
The new service is available initially in English, with customers able to pay for their accommodation in Pounds Sterling, U.S. dollars and the euro. A wider range of languages and currency will be introduced in the future.