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Bangkok Airways Signs Multi-Million Dollar Reservation Hosting and Departure Control Agreement With Sabre Airline Solutions

Contract Will Provide Advanced Technology for Most Successful Independent Airline in Asia

BANGKOK, Thailand, Feb 7, 2003 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ --Sabre Holdings Corporation (NYSE: TSG) and Bangkok Airways signed a multi-million dollar contract with Sabre Airline Solutions today for the implementation of a suite of advanced passenger reservations and departure control technology.

Bangkok Airways awarded Sabre Airline Solutions the five-year contract after a detailed selection review of numerous reservations hosting providers. The broad reservations and departure control suite that Bangkok Airways is implementing include Sabre Passenger Reservations System, Sabre ACSI international airport check-in system, Sabre SteadyState Weight and Balance system, and a suite of Sabre QIK products for the airline's operations.

"After an exhaustive evaluation of more than 10 reservations system providers, Bangkok Airways selected Sabre Airline Solutions because their solution offered instant access to market leading reservations and departure control capability/functionality that would enhance our yield and optimize costs," said Ping na Thalang, Bangkok Airways, Vice President Information Systems.

"Furthermore, we believe that Sabre Airline Solutions offers an excellent product and overall value, and a range of technology interfaces which enables Bangkok Airways to continue building its own applications around the host system."

According to Ping na Thalang, the choice of Sabre Airline Solutions for this contract was an essential step in its domestic and international expansion program. The carrier is recognized as being one of Asia's most successful independent airlines and Thailand's second largest carrier.

Michael Baldwin, Sabre Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific, noted that Bangkok Airways joins the increasing number of airlines in the Asian region utilizing Sabre technology solutions. Bangkok Airways is the 10th Asia Pacific based airline to outsource their Reservations and departure control system to Sabre Airline Solutions in the last 12 months.

"Bangkok Airways required a reservations and departure control solution that enabled easy migration, but also demonstrated a proven capacity for future business requirements needed for the airline's continued expansion program," said Baldwin. "As with recent contract wins, Sabre Airline Solutions was able to provide a suite of integrated, industry leading solutions at a highly competitive price. We view this agreement with Bangkok Airways as an important step towards our goal of becoming the leading reservations hosting provider in Asia Pacific."

Bangkok Airways currently operates a fleet of Boeing 717 and ATR aircraft for domestic services within Thailand, as well as international services to regional destinations.

The Sabre Passenger Reservations System will effectively manage both reservations and operations without the need for Bangkok Airways to develop, host and maintain their own systems. Functionality provided includes reservations, inventory and distribution management, ticketing, electronic ticketing and fares and pricing.

The Sabre ACSI Airport Control System International automates the check-in and gate management process and provides a faster, more efficient passenger check in and boarding process, while the Sabre SteadyState Weight and Balance solution will be used by the airline for load planning requirements.

These systems are supplemented by a suite of Sabre QIK graphical user interface products, which will make utilization of the reservations and check- in host systems user friendly and substantially reduce training timeframes. The Sabre QIK tools will allow Bangkok Airways employees to quickly and efficiently service passengers by presenting information in a consistent, uncomplicated format with logical entry sequences and graphical representations.

About Sabre Airline Solutions

Currently, over 200 airlines use Sabre's portfolio of software solutions for decision-support tools to streamline and simplify operations. More than 70 airlines worldwide use Sabre for their reservations systems, with 16 new carriers and eight renewals signing in 2002. In addition, the consulting group has more than 100 clients worldwide and specializes in strategic, commercial and operational consulting. More than 300 contracts have been signed in 2002 within the Sabre Airline Solutions business unit.

About Sabre Holdings Corporation

Sabre Holdings, an S&P 500 company, is the leading provider of technology, distribution and marketing services for the travel industry. Headquartered in Southlake, Texas, in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, the company has approximately 6,500 employees in 45 countries. Sabre reported 2002 revenues of $2 billion. Sabre owns Travelocity.com, the most popular travel site on the Web, and GetThere, the world's leading provider of Web-based travel reservation systems for corporations and travel suppliers. Sabre is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: TSG - News). More information about Sabre is available at http://www.sabre.com/ .

Sabre(R) Passenger Reservations System, Sabre ACSI international airport check-in system, Sabre SteadyState Weight and Balance system, and a suite of Sabre QIK are trademarks of Sabre, Inc. or an affiliate of Sabre, Inc.

SOURCE Sabre Holdings Corporation

CONTACT:          Kathryn Hayden of Sabre Holdings Corporation, +1-682-605-2252,
                  or kathryn.hayden@sabre.com 

URL:              http://www.sabre.com 
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