Vietnam Airlines strengthens alliance with Sabre to reduce costs and optimize onboard catering and provisioning
Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR), the leading technology provider to the global travel industry, announced a new long-term agreement with national carrier Vietnam Airlines, which has adopted the industry-leading, Sabre AirVision In-Flight solution. In line with a recently announced memorandum of understanding describing Vietnam Airlines’ intention to significantly expand their existing strategic relationship with Sabre, In-Flight is expected to drive substantial efficiencies and cost savings for the airline.
“Vietnam Airlines is pleased to deepen its partnership with Sabre. As the fastest growing flag carrier in Southeast Asia, we continually look for innovative technology solutions to propel our business into the future,” said Trinh Ngoc Thanh, Executive Vice President, Vietnam Airlines. “In addition to optimizing our onboard catering and provisioning, In-Flight will also enable a connected view across all our catering functions and provide advanced integration and automation capabilities that will positively contribute to our margin,” he added.
As part of Sabre’s Commercial Platform offering, In-Flight can help an airline to drive cost savings of up to 10 percent of their total catering budget by enabling a seamless integration between the airline and its catering partners, regardless of their location, thanks to its automated planning and communication capabilities. A joint business value workshop also estimated that In-Flight could contribute to a reduction in meal wastage to less than 1 percent and inventory costs by close to 4 percent over the next 5 years.
“Sabre In-Flight will enhance the carrier’s operational efficiency as Vietnam Airlines strives to become one of the largest airlines in the region by 2024,” said Dasha Kuksenko, Vice President, Regional General Manager, North Asia, Travel Solutions, Airlines. “We are excited to continue to strengthen this longstanding relationship.”
This announcement follows a highly publicized signing of a memorandum of understanding between Sabre and Vietnam Airlines, covering a range of innovative technology solutions. The event was held at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi, and was attended by President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, and President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam, Nguyen Phu Trong.
The carrier also recently extended their agreement to utilize SabreSonic, Sabre’s passenger service system (PSS), and renewed a long-term content distribution agreement through the Sabre Global Distribution System (GDS) over the past year. Today’s announcement expands the relationship between both industry leaders, and further strengthens the results-driven alliance that has developed between the two corporations for more than 20 years.