Sabre, American Airlines cross technology milestone

American Airlines and Sabre Corporation have introduced American´s Preferred and Main Cabin Extra Seats through Sabre´s travel marketplace using NDC-based technology standards, the companies sai.

This launch represents both companies´ first implementation of NDC technology standards for ancillaries sold through a global distribution system (GDS).

Beginning in February, American Airlines Preferred and Main Cabin Extra Seats will become available to travel agents using Sabre, making Sabre the first GDS to deliver this content to the marketplace. Main Cabin Extra provides customers with up to six inches of more legroom and Group 1 boarding. Preferred Seats allow customers to select seats located toward the front of the cabin or closer to the window or aisle.

With Sabre Air Extras, American Airlines can highlight attributes that differentiate their products to nearly 200 million travelers worldwide each year through more than 435,000 agents using Sabre, executing their merchandising strategies across all distribution channels.

American Airlines and American Eagle offer an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day to nearly 350 destinations in more than 50 countries. American has hubs in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C.

Sabre (NASDAQ: SABR) provides air merchandising solutions for airlines and was the first GDS to deliver a solution when paid seats were first introduced into the market.