Technology powers Sabre Holdings to the top of the travel industry. Equipped with the world's #1 computerized travel reservation system, the firm operates through four segments. Sabre Travel Network is used by more than 55,000 travel agencies worldwide to book airline tickets, rental cars, hotel stays, and vacation packages. Its Travelocity.com unit allows individuals to make their own travel arrangements. The company also provides software, e-business tools, and consulting services to improve the operations of some 400 air carriers and airports through Sabre Airline Solutions, and hotels via Sabre Hospitality Solutions. Sabre is owned by private equity firms Silver Lake Partners and Texas Pacific Group.
With an array of technology, marketing, and distribution offerings, Sabre touches many facets of the travel industry. The company continues to grow by extending its products and services to connect more people worldwide.
Its Travelocity subsidiary has been key to growth, and initiatives have centered on strengthening Sabre's online presence in Europe and Asia as well as with business direct customers. Some of the brands leading its efforts have included GetThere (a Web-based booking tool for corporate clients, part of Sabre Travel Network), lastminute.com (a unit of Travelocity that operates in Europe), and Zuji (another Travelocity unit that operates in Asia).
Sabre has also expanded its Airline Solutions and Travel Network businesses via acquisitions over the years. Adding to its menu of products and services, Sabre Airline Solutions in 2010 purchased Iceland-based Calidris, a revenue integrity and business intelligence solutions company serving the airline industry, and Austria-based f:wz, which provides aircraft performance support, navigation database management, and other flight-planning services. Previous acquisitions by the Airline Solutions segment include Flight Dimensions International, which provides real-time tracking of en-route aircraft, and EB2 International, which supplies e-commerce software and services to air carriers; both deals were completed in 2008. To bolster its Travel Network business, Sabre in 2008 acquired BidStork, a tool travel agents can use to negotiate with hoteliers, and the travel software assets of Voxel Soluções em Informatica, which enabled Sabre to develop its business in Brazil.
The company added the hotel industry to its focus in 2009 with the formation of Sabre Hospitality Solutions. Constituting the travel firm's fourth business segment, Hospitality Solutions brought together Sabre's Travel Network Hotels and Media Solutions operations with the businesses of SynXis (hotel reservation management), E-site Marketing (Internet marketing services), and Bidstork. The Hospitality Solutions segment was formed to provide hoteliers with a comprehensive range of products and services. Building on these offerings, Sabre acquired SoftHotel, a developer of Web-based property management systems for hotels and other hospitality providers.
Sabre, an acronym for Semi-Automated Business Research Environment, was established in 1996. AMR, American Airlines' parent company, developed Sabre and spun off its 83% stake to AMR shareholders in 2000.