Aggressive international expansion plan to begin with Vancouver services
Chengdu-based Sichuan Airlines is entering into an aggressive expansion growth plan with the launch of its first international service between Chengdu and Vancouver via Shen Yang in late June.
In preparation for its international operations, the airline has signed a long-term full content deal with Sabre Travel Network, making all its fares and inventory available to all Sabre Connected travel agents worldwide through the Sabre Global Distribution System (GDS).
"Our next phase of growth requires us to be globally connected, and we believe Sabre is an ideal partner to put us on the world map. We are confident Sabre will help us achieve our goals and provide us a robust platform on which we can grow quickly and develop a multi-channel approach to distribution, said Pingshu Hu, Vice Director Commercial Steering Committee of Sichuan Airlines.
Sichuan Airlines will begin its first international flight to Vancouver in late June. This will be followed by services to Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Melbourne.
Partnering airlines like Sichuan Airlines gives Sabre the ability to showcase our strengths and value as a technology partner. We look forward to growing with Sichuan and to introduce best-of-class distribution technology to the market, said Hans Belle, vice president of Sabre Travel Network Asia-Pacific.
This partnership with Sichuan Airlines cements Sabres foothold in the China market, having recently also announced a broad relationship between China Eastern Airlines, Shanghai Airlines and Sabre Holdings in which the airlines named Sabre Travel Network as its preferred GDS.
Source = Sabre Pacific