Gulf Air renews agreement with Sabre for Flight Plan Manager

Automated flight plan solution to drive greater efficiencies across airline

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Gulf Air renews agreement with Sabre for Flight Plan Manager Gulf Air has been using such a solution for the past eight years
By  Tom Paye Published  January 5, 2016

Gulf Air, Bahrain's national carrier, has signed a technology agreement with Sabre Corporation, a technology provider specialising in the travel industry, that will see Sabre provide a new AirCentre Flight Plan Manager solution to the airline.

Gulf Air has been using such a solution for the past eight years, and has garnered significant cost savings and better insight into flight planning as a result of it. Under the renewed agreement with Sabre, the solution will be enhanced to deliver better efficiencies in flight planning and fuel saving, according to a statement from the two companies.

"AirCentre Flight Plan Manager offers an essential technology solution in support of Gulf Air's operations. With this solution, we can accurately calculate fuel usage, in turn supporting our drive to better manage and reduce fuel costs," said Captain Nasser Al Salmi, COO of Gulf Air.

"This upgrade can only further benefit Gulf Air as we continually work towards operating in the most efficient and cost-effective manner and maintaining the highest level of service for our passengers."

Dr. Jassim Haji, Gulf Air's director of IT, added: "We look forward to our continued work with Sabre in securing the best technology solutions available to optimise Gulf Air's day-to-day operations, while ensuring the best travel experiences."

Sabre Flight Plan Manager brings together real-time information on a number of key variables - including weather, air space restrictions, aircraft performance and schedule information - and then calculates the most optimal flight route.  This automation supports flight planning decision-making across all operations, enabling airlines like Gulf Air to address key ongoing concerns, such as fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions.

Gulf Air is one of a growing number of carriers using Sabre's airline technology.  Globally, Sabre's technology is used by 225 airlines, including most of the world's largest carriers.

"It is increasingly evident to us that Gulf Air is enjoying greater success and has a clear path for continued growth over the coming years," said Dino Gelmetti, vice president for Airline Solutions EMEA, at Sabre. 

"Sabre is fully committed to helping Gulf Air deliver that strategy by providing technology that can help streamline its operations.  Flight Plan Manager is based on flexible and adaptable technology infrastructure designed to enable airlines to maintain a modern operational environment, evolving with an airline's needs as the dynamic marketplace changes."

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