British Airways Joins Sabre DCA Three-Year Option Move Provides Three Year Commitment From Airline to Sabre GDS, Reduces BA

Distribution Costs and Automatically Gives Sabre GDS Users Access to All BA

Fares



    SOUTHLAKE, Texas, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sabre Travel Network, a
 Sabre Holdings (NYSE:   TSG) company, today announced that British Airways has
 joined its Direct Connect Availability (DCA) Three-Year Option.  This program
 commits the carrier to a three-year term at the highest level of participation
 in the Sabre global distribution system (GDS) in exchange for a reduced
 booking fee, fixed for three years.
     "This innovative program helps us significantly lower our distribution
 costs, while ensuring that Sabre Connected travel agents automatically have
 access to the full range of British Airways fares," said Dale Moss, director
 of sales worldwide at British Airways.  "By making all our published fares
 available through the Sabre GDS we are making agents as competitive as any of
 our other sales and distribution channels."
     The move by British Airways, the first major European carrier to
 participate in the program, brings to 24 the number of airlines participating
 in the DCA Three-Year Option, including all of the 'Big Six' US carriers.
     When selling seats through the Sabre GDS, airlines select one of several
 levels of participation in the system.  DCA is the highest level of Sabre GDS
 participation and provides airlines with the widest range of services to
 market and sell their products.  The Three-Year Option was introduced for
 bookings made in the United States in October 2002, and was extended in
 April 2003, to include bookings made in Europe.
     Airlines signing the DCA Three-Year Option agree to provide all Sabre
 users with all their published fares.  This includes published fares that the
 airlines sell through any third-party Web site or their own Web sites and
 reservation offices.  Sabre Connected agents do not need to opt in for this
 access.  In return, Sabre Travel Network reduces its booking fee and fixes
 this rate for three years.
     "The DCA Three-Year Option is a win-win-win for all parties," said John
 Stow, president of Sabre Travel Network.  "British Airways significantly
 lowers its distribution costs, travel agencies are able to enhance their
 competitiveness and customer service, travelers gain wide access to key
 British Airways fares, including Web fares, through the channel of their
 choice and Sabre Travel Network gains a three year commitment from the
 airline.  In addition, through this agreement, Sabre Connected agencies in the
 U.K. gain competitive advantage through automatic access to all fares with no
 imposed supplements."
 
      About the program - how it works:
      --  Participating airlines commit to the highest level of participation
          in the Sabre GDS (DCA level) for three years.
      --  Participating airlines provide all Sabre GDS users broad access to
          schedules, seat availability and published fares, including Web fares
          and other promotional fares, but excluding opaque fares and private
          discounts.
      --  Participating airlines furnish generally the same customer perks and
          amenities to passengers booked through the Sabre GDS as those
          afforded through other GDSs.
      --  Sabre Travel Network provides participating airlines with a reduction
          to their current applicable DCA booking fee.
      --  Sabre Travel Network fixes the DCA booking fee rate for three years.
 
     About Sabre Travel Network
     Sabre Travel Network, a Sabre Holdings company, provides access to the
 world's leading global distribution system (GDS) and products and services
 enabling agents at more than 56,000 agency locations worldwide to be travel
 experts.  Originally developed in 1960, the Sabre GDS was the first system to
 connect the buyers and sellers of travel.  Today the system includes more than
 400 airlines, approximately 60,000 hotels, 53 car rental companies, nine
 cruise lines, 36 railroads and 232 tour operators.
     Sabre Holdings Corporation (NYSE:   TSG) is a world leader in travel
 commerce, retailing travel products and providing distribution and technology
 solutions for the travel industry.  More information about Sabre Holdings is
 available at http://www.sabre-holdings.com
 
     Statements in this release which are not purely historical facts,
 including statements about traveler confidence in obtaining competitive
 airline rates from all Sabre distribution channels and airlines' acceptance of
 the new participation level, or other statements about anticipations, beliefs,
 expectations, hopes, intentions or strategies for the future, may be forward-
 looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities
 Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.  Readers are cautioned not to place undue
 reliance on forward-looking statements.  All forward-looking statements are
 based upon information available to Sabre Holdings on the date this release
 was issued.  Sabre Holdings undertakes no obligation to publicly update or
 revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information,
 future events or otherwise.  Any forward-looking statements involve risks and
 uncertainties that could cause actual events or results to differ materially
 from the events or results described in the forward-looking statements,
 including risks or uncertainties related to: the computer reservation system
 rules proposed by the Department of Transportation; Sabre Holdings' revenues
 being highly dependent on the travel and transportation industries; airlines
 limiting their participation in travel marketing and distribution services;
 and structural changes within the travel industry, such as the financial
 instability or bankruptcy of many of the air carriers.  Sabre Holdings may not
 succeed in addressing these and other risks.  Further information regarding
 factors that could affect our financial and other results can be found in the
 risk factors section of our most recent filing on Form 10-Q with the
 Securities and Exchange Commission.
 
 

SOURCE Sabre Travel Network

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