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Sabre Corporation
Public
Traded as
IndustryTravel technology
Travel services
Founded1960; 60 years ago (1960)
Headquarters,
Key people
Karl Peterson[1]
(executive chairman)
Sean Menke
(president and CEO)
ProductsTripCase
GetThere
Sabre Airline Solutions
Sabre Travel Network
Sabre Hospitality Solutions
RevenueIncreaseUS$3.87 billion (2018)[2]
IncreaseUS$562.06 million (2018)[2]
IncreaseUS$335.79 million (2018)[2]
Total assetsIncreaseUS$5.80 billion (2016)[2]
Total equityIncreaseUS$974.27 million (2016)[2]
Number of employees
IncreaseAround 10,000[3] (2018)
Websitewww.sabre.com

Sabre Corporation is a travel technology company based in Southlake, Texas.[4][5][6] It is the largest global distribution systems provider for air bookings in North America.[7] American Airlines founded the company in 1960, and it was spun off in 2000.[8][9]

In 2007, Texas Pacific Group and Silver Lake Partners acquired what was then Sabre Holdings.[10][11] Sabre began publicly trading on the NASDAQ in 2014.[6]

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.[12][13] The system was based on SAGE, the first major system to use interactive real-time computing, which IBM had developed for military use.[13]

Sabre Corporation was founded in 1960 by American Airlines.[14] Sabre Corporation installed the first Sabre reservation system in Briarcliff Manor, New York that year.[12] The system consisted of two IBM 7090 mainframe computers and processed 84,000 calls per day.[12][13]

In 1964, Sabre's nationwide network was completed and became the largest commercial real-time data-processing system in the world.[13] Sabre Corporation handled 7500 passenger reservations per hour in 1965.[12] The Sabre system upgraded to IBM System/360 and moved to a new center in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1972.[15]

In 1976, the Sabre system was installed into a travel agency for the first time.[14] This allowed travel agents to have instant access to flights.[14] By the end of the year, 130 locations installed the Sabre system.[13] Sabre introduced BargainFinder, the industry's first automated low-fare search capability, in 1984.[16] The following year, easySabre was launched.[17] It gave consumers with personal computers access to the Sabre system to make airline, hotel and car rental reservations.[17]

In 1989 The New York Times reported Sabre having "about 38 percent of the reservations market."[18]

In 1996, the company launched Travelocity, an online travel agency.[19] Sabre formed a joint venture with Abacus International in 1998 to create the SabreSonic passenger solution, a customized version of Sabre's reservations system to Abacus subscribers in Asia.[20]

2000s[edit]

AMR Corporation, the parent company of American Airlines, spun off its controlling stake in Sabre Corporation in 2000[4] to form an independent company.[21]

In 2001, Electronic Data Systems (EDS) purchased Sabre Holdings,[8] and Sabre began migrating its old mainframe for air travel shopping and pricing to HP NonStop and Linux servers.[22] In 2005, the company acquired lastminute.com, an online travel and leisure retailer.[23]

Texas Pacific Group and Silver Lake Partners acquired Sabre Corporation in March 2007.[11][24][25] In March 2010, the company acquired Calidris, a revenue integrity and business intelligence solutions company.[26] Sabre Corporation acquired SoftHotel, a web-based property management solutions provider, in June 2011.[27] The company launched Sabre Red App Centre in March 2012.[28] In April 2014, Sabre Corporation went public on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol SABR.[6][7] The IPO sold for $16 per share and valued Sabre at $3.93 billion.[29][30] The company acquired Genares, a hospitality technology company, that September.[31]

In December 2014, Bravofly Rumbo Group acquired Sabre European Online Travel Agency, lastminute.com.

In January 2015, Sabre sold its Travelocity brand to Expedia, Inc. for $280 million.[32][33][34] In July 2015, Sabre acquired Abacus International, a global distribution system based in the Asia-Pacific region. The deal included long-term distribution agreements between Sabre and the 11 Asian airlines that previously shared ownership of Abacus.[35]

In June 2016, Sabre announced Tom Klein would resign as CEO by the end of 2016.[36][37]

Operations[edit]

The company is based in Southlake, Texas and has additional offices in London, Kraków, Bangalore, Montevideo and Singapore.[38] In December 2013, the company handled approximately 85,000 data transactions every second for customers according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.[39] At the time, the company did business with 70 airlines and 100,000 hotels.[39] It operates under the platforms Sabre Travel Network, Airline and Hospitality Solutions.

Businesses[edit]

  • GetThere
  • Sabre Airline Solutions
  • Sabre Travel Network
  • Sabre Hospitality Solutions
  • TripCase

Acquisitions[edit]

  • Preview Travel (2000)[23]
  • Dillion Communication Systems (2000)[40]
  • Gradient Solutions (2000)[41]
  • GetThere (2000)[42]
  • Sabre Pacific (2001)
  • Nexion Inc. (2003)[43]
  • David R. Bornemann Associates (2001)[44]
  • Site59 (2001)[45]
  • Resfeber Scandinavia (2002)[46]
  • Kiehl Hendrickson Group (2002)[47]
  • axsResource Airport Resource Management Solutions (2003)[48]
  • World Choice Travel (2003)[49]
  • RM Rocade (2004)[50]
  • Showtickets.com (2004)[51]
  • SynXis Corporation (2004)[52]
  • Southwest Travel Systems (2005)[53]
  • IgoUgo.com (2005)[54]
  • Lastminute.com (2005)[55]
  • E-site Marketing (2007)[56]
  • Flight Explorer (2008)[57]
  • EB2 (2008) [58]
  • Calidris (2010) [59]
  • Flightline Data Services (2010) [60]
  • f:wz (2010)[61]
  • SoftHotel (2011)[62]
  • Prism (2012)[63]
  • Genares (2014) [64]
  • Abacus International (2015)
  • Trust International (2015)[65]
  • Airpas Aviation (2016)[66]

References[edit]

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