Virgin America partners with Sabre to fuel growth


SAN FRANCISCO – Virgin America, the fast-growing domestic airline, today announces the selection of Sabre Airline Solutions’ SabreSonic Customer Sales and Service (CSS) to power its reservations system. In addition, Virgin America will integrate the airline’s flight operations and crew scheduling functions via Sabre’s AirCentre Operations systems. The move to the Sabre platforms will help build a robust and integrated systems infrastructure for Virgin America, further positioning it for the significant growth it forecasts in the years ahead. Notably, the airline today has also renewed its Sabre Global Distribution System (GDS) agreement to allow Sabre Connected travel agents to continue to fully access the airline’s unique low-fare flights and ancillary revenue offerings. Virgin America has had a GDS agreement with Sabre since the airline’s launch in 2007. This will extend the partnership via a multi-year agreement.

“We’re pleased to extend and expand our partnership with Sabre. As a growing airline with low operating costs and an award-winning product, renewing our full content GDS participation with Sabre will extend our sales reach and make our low-fare, upscale service available to more consumers in more channels. At the same time, moving to Sabre’s integrated reservations and operational platforms will enhance our revenue reach, improve our operating efficiencies and further position us for growth ahead,” said Virgin America President and CEO David Cush.

Virgin America expects to implement the new Sabre reservations and operational systems in late 2011. Sabre offers an integrated solution as a single provider for both the airline’s operational and reservations systems. The integrated reservations platform will allow Virgin America to more fully leverage new revenue channels, including the continued expansion of its interline partnerships and future code-share alliances.

“Virgin America has experienced tremendous growth in just a few short years, and has become known for its innovative service. We’re proud to partner with Virgin America to provide systems solutions that will fuel its continued growth,” said Sabre Holdings President Tom Klein. “Virgin America’s move to renew its GDS participation with Sabre will allow the airline to extend its sales reach, as it continues to win over consumers with its low fares and unique product.”