Sabre Corporation

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Sabre Corporation
Type Public
Industry Travel technology
Travel services
Founded 1960 (1960)
Headquarters Southlake, Texas, United States
Key people Tom Klein, CEO & President
Sam Gilliland, Chairman
Rick Simonson, CFO
Products Travelocity
GetThere
IgoUgo
lastminute.com
Sabre Airline Solutions
Sabre Travel Network
Revenue US$3.2 billion
Owners Silver Lake Partners
TPG Capital
Website www.sabre.com

Sabre Corporation is a travel technology company based in Southlake, Texas.[1][2][3] It is the largest global distribution systems provider for air bookings in North America.[4] American Airlines founded the company in 1960 and was spun off in 2000.[5] Texas Pacific Group and Silver Lake Partners acquired Sabre in 2007.[6][7]

Sabre Hospitality Solutions, an IT solutions provider, is the company's largest growing division.[7] Sabre Corporation operates the online travel agency Travelocity.[5]

History[edit]

Early history[edit]

In 1953, C.R. Smith, the president of American Airlines, met Blair Smith, an IBM salesman, on a flight and developed the Sabre (the Semi-Automatic Business Research Environment) concept.[8][9] The system was based on SAGE, the first major system to use interactive real-time computing IBM developed for military use.[9] Sabre Corporation was founded in 1960 by American Airlines.[5][10] Sabre Corporation installed the first Sabre reservation system in Briarcliff Manor, New York that year.[8] The system consisted of two IBM 7090 mainframe computers and processed 84,000 calls per day.[8][9]

In 1964, Sabre's nationwide network was completed and became the largest commercial real-time data-processing system in the world.[9] Sabre Corporation handled 7500 passenger reservations per hour in 1965.[8] The Sabre system upgraded to IBM S/360 and moved to a new center in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1972.[11] In 1976, the Sabre system was installed into a travel agency for the first time.[10] This allowed travel agents to have instant access to flights.[10] By the end of the year, 130 locations installed the Sabre system.[9] Sabre introduced BargainFinder, the industry's first automated low-fare search capability, in 1984.[12] The following year, easySabre was launched.[13] It gave consumers with personal computers access to the Sabre system to make airline, hotel and car rental reservations.[13]

In 1996, the company launched Travelocity, an online travel agency.[14] Sabre formed a joint venture with Abacus International in 1998 to create the SaberSonic passenger solution, a customized version of Saber's reservations system to Abacus subscribers in Asia.[15]

2000s[edit]

AMR Corporation, the parent company of American Airlines, spun off its controlling stake in Sabre Corporation in 2000 to form an independent company.[16] The following year, Sabre began migrating its old mainframe for air travel shopping and pricing to HP NonStop and Linux servers.[17] In 2005, the company acquired lastminute.com, an online travel and leisure retailer.[18]

Texas Pacific Group and Silver Lake Partners acquired Sabre Corporation in March 2007.[6][19][20] In March 2010, the company acquired Calidris, a revenue integrity and business intelligence solutions company.[21] Sabre Corporation acquired SoftHotel, a web-based property management solutions provider, in June 2011.[22] The company launched Sabre Red App Centre in March 2012.[7] In April 2014, Sabre Corporation went public on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol SABR.[2][4] The IPO sold for $16 per share and valued Sabre at $3.93 billion.[23][24] The company acquired Genares, a hospitality technology company, that September.[25]

Operations[edit]

The company is based in Southlake, Texas and has additional offices in Boston, Krakow, Bangalore, Montevideo and Buenos Aires.[5][26] In December 2013, the company handled approximately 85000 data transactions every second for customers according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.[27] At the time, the company did business with 70 airlines and 100,000 hotels.[27] It operates under the platforms Travel Network, Airline and Hospitality Solutions, and Travelocity.

Businesses[edit]

Acquisitions[edit]

  • Preview Travel (2000)[18]
  • Dillion Communication Systems (2000)[28]
  • Gradient Solutions (2000)[29]
  • GetThere (2000)[30]
  • Sabre Pacific (2001)
  • David R. Bornemann Associates (2001)[31]
  • Site59 (2001)[32]
  • Resfeber Scandinavia (2002)[33]
  • Kiehl Hendrickson Group (2002)[34]
  • axsResource Airport Resource Management Solutions (2003)[35]
  • World Choice Travel (2003)[36]
  • RM Rocade (2004)[37]
  • Showtickets.com (2004)[38]
  • SynXis Corporation (2004)[39]
  • Southwest Travel Systems (2005)[40]
  • IgoUgo.com (2005)[41]
  • Lastminute.com (2005)[42]
  • E-site Marketing (2007)[43]
  • Flight Explorer (2008)[44]
  • EB2 (2008) [45]
  • Calidris (2010) [46]
  • Flightline Data Services (2010) [47]
  • f:wz (2010)[48]
  • SoftHotel (2011)[49]
  • Prism (2012) [50]
  • Genares (2014) [51]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b Lance Murray (4 April 2014). "Sabre Holdings sets IPO valuation at up to $4.1B". Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  3. ^ David Baum (December 2014). "Flying High with a Private Database Cloud". Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Travelocity owner Sabre's IPO prices at $16 per share -underwriter". 16 April 2014. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d "American Airlines Assails Sabre in Data-Business Trial". 25 October 2012. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "TPG and Silver Lake take Sabre private". 9 April 2007. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c "Sabre Holdings switches CEOs, appointing Tom Klein". 15 August 2013. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c d "Forget the Booze. The Mad Men’s Best Friend Was SABRE". 27 July 2012. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
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  10. ^ a b c "Sabre Makes the Wrong Choice By Removing American Airlines". 7 January 2011. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
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  12. ^ "American Airlines Reveals Limits Of World-Class IT". 26 January 2012. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
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  15. ^ Isae Wada (4 March 1998). "Sabre Finalized Abacus Pact". Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  16. ^ "AMR Climbs on Sabre Spinoff". 14 December 1999. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  17. ^ Gary Anthes (31 May 2004). "Sabre Flies to Open Systems". Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  18. ^ a b "Sabre Holdings Completes Acquisition of lastminute.com". 20 July 2005. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  19. ^ "Equity Firms in Talks to Buy Sabre Holdings". 11 December 2006. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
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  21. ^ "Sabre Acquires Calidris". 31 March 2010. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  22. ^ "Sabre Holdings Acquires SoftHotel". 30 June 2011. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  23. ^ Samantha Nielson (25 September 2014). "Maverick Capital establishes position in Sabre Corporation". Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
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  25. ^ "Sabre acquires global hospitality technology company". 21 September 2014. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  26. ^ "Sabre Corporation". Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  27. ^ a b "Think of Sabre Holdings as a data company, CEO says". 5 December 2013. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  28. ^ "Sabre acquires stake in German CRS". 11 July 2000. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  29. ^ "E-Business: Sabre acquires Dublin-based Gradient Solutions". 17 August 2000. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  30. ^ "Sabre buys GetThere for $757 million, announces layoffs". 29 August 2000. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  31. ^ "Sabre Acquires Software Developer". Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  32. ^ "Travelocity.com Buys Site59 for $43 Million". 26 March 2002. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  33. ^ "Resfeber switches to Sabre Travel Network, citing customer service and technology". Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  34. ^ "Sabre buys Kiehl Hendrickson Group". 4 November 2002. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  35. ^ "Sabre Acquires EDS Axresource Product Line". Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  36. ^ "Travelocity to Acquire World Choice Travel Assets". 22 October 2013. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  37. ^ "Sabre Airline Solutions Expands International Presence". 16 August 2004. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  38. ^ "Travelocity Acquires Allstate Ticketing And Its Showtickets.com Website". 31 August 2004. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  39. ^ "SynXis to Be Bought for $40 Million". 10 December 2004. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  40. ^ "Nexion adds 60-member host agency to network". 19 January 2005. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  41. ^ "Acquisition Gives Sabre Access To Online Search Revenue". 6 April 2005. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  42. ^ "Travelocity buys Lastminute.com for £577m". 12 May 2005. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  43. ^ "(BW) Sabre Holdings Acquires E-site Marketing to Build on Comprehensive Hospitality Offerings". 5 June 2007. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  44. ^ "Sabre acquires Flight Explorer". Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  45. ^ "Sabre acquires EB2". 19 December 2008. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  46. ^ "Calidris to become part of Sabre Airline Solutions". 31 March 2010. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  47. ^ "Sabre Holdings buys Flightline Data Services". 8 July 2010. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  48. ^ "Sabre buys flight planning technology provider f:wz". Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  49. ^ "Sabre Holdings acquires SoftHotel". 29 June 2011. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  50. ^ "Sabre buys airline information service Prism, probably the big acquisition disclosed in secret docs". Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  51. ^ "Sabre Acquires Hotel-Tech Provider Genares as Competition Heats Up". 12 September 2014. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 

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