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Malaysian carrier Firefly selects Sabre as first Global Distribution System

Author: Theodore Koumelis / Date: Tue, 04/16/2019 - 10:19
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Philip See, CEO, FireFly (left), Rakesh Narayanan, Vice President, Regional General Manager, South Asia and Pacific, Travel Solutions Airline Sales (right)
Philip See, CEO, FireFly (left), Rakesh Narayanan, Vice President, Regional General Manager, South Asia and Pacific, Travel Solutions Airline Sales (right)

Firefly will take advantage of Sabre’s extensive global travel marketplace to enhance their presence throughout the region.

SINGAPORE – Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR), the leading technology provider to the global travel industry, announced a new content distribution agreement with Firefly, a leading regional carrier in Southeast Asia, and a subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines. As average tourism growth in Southeast Asia continues to exceed international averages, Firefly will take advantage of Sabre’s extensive global travel marketplace to enhance their presence throughout the region.

“Firefly plays an instrumental role in introducing travellers to the wonders of Southeast Asia. Joining Sabre’s leading Global Distribution System (GDS) will enable us to reach our growth objectives, and to improve our distribution metrics, beyond the markets where we’ve been operating in recent years,” said Philip See, CEO, Firefly.

Based out of the Penang and Subang hubs in Malaysia, Firefly provides connections to various points within Malaysia, Southern Thailand, Singapore, and Indonesia. Under this agreement, Firefly will further strengthen its alignment with the Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT) agenda, a cooperation initiative to accelerate economic and social transformation across the three countries. The increased presence that Firefly will enjoy by joining the Sabre GDS will certainly deliver benefits to international travellers and travel agents alike.

“Sabre is pleased to develop a strategic alliance with Firefly, who have selected us as their first GDS. By connecting the airline to our rich global travel marketplace, reaching over 425,000 Sabre-connected agents around the world, this new agreement will directly contribute to expanding the airline’s presence across the region and the globe,” said Rakesh Narayanan, Vice President, Regional General Manager, South Asia and Pacific, Travel Solutions Airline Sales.

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