Air China employs new Sabre technology for efficient flight planning
Monday, 9 February 2009: A new Flight Operations Control Centre for Air China is expected to benefit their aircraft utilisation, increase fuel efficiency and manage the crew operations in an economical manner.
This is the largest project undertaken by Air China with a foreign partner, as the new technologies were provided by Sabre Airline Solutions.
The AirOps and AirCrews suite of solutions offered by Sabre ought to improve daily maintenance and flight operations for Air China, as well as automate flight and load planning.
“This partnership with Sabre has given us one of the world’s best flight operations centres, which is the nerve centre for our airline and critical to smooth operations during the new year and beyond,” said Song Zhi Yong, Senior VP of Air China.
“Just as in every corner of the world, China is anticipating difficult times ahead. Such an investment will ensure we make the most efficient use of our resources.”
The centrality of a Flight Operations Control Centre to the daily operations of Air China makes these changes crucial, since the centre will coordinate all operations of the airline, real-time operational control and management of flights, scheduling, dispatch, movement control, weight and balance, and crew management.
"Airlines around the world are looking for ways to run efficient and quality operations at the lowest possible cost,” explained Nejib Ben-Khedher, Senior VP, Consulting and Solutions Delivery, Sabre Airline Solutions.
“With this implementation, Air China will be doing just that. The investment they have made in this best-of-class operations control centre will quickly pay for itself.”
Already 60 percent of Air China mainland flights are managed with Sabre technologies, and that amount is anticipated to increase to 82 percent.