TRAVEL TECHNOLOGY

Sabre Unveils First Product Powered by its Proprietary Sabre Travel AI™ Technology

Sabre Corporation | November 04, 2020

Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR), the leading software and technology company that powers the global travel industry, announced today it will be launching the Company's first product powered by its proprietary Sabre Travel AI ™ technology. Working with Google, the Company is developing technology that will accelerate the delivery of a smart, scalable retail engine that is powered by state-of-the-art AI technology and advanced machine-learning (ML) capabilities, the first of its kind in travel. The Company plans to officially launch the first iteration of its Sabre Smart Retail Engine ™ early next year, continuing to innovate in omni-channel retailing to enable capabilities across airline business models, passenger service systems (PSS) and global distribution systems (GDS).

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Humor me for a minute. If a tree falls in a forest and no one’s around to hear it, does it make a sound? I’d argue that this same logic can be applied to modern day travel. No matter how sacrosanct your personal week in paradise is, no travel experience is complete without a feed full of photographic evidence.

Spotlight

Humor me for a minute. If a tree falls in a forest and no one’s around to hear it, does it make a sound? I’d argue that this same logic can be applied to modern day travel. No matter how sacrosanct your personal week in paradise is, no travel experience is complete without a feed full of photographic evidence.

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Whistle Messaging | January 18, 2022

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Ultra Air to Launch With Navitaire to Offer Travelers a Better Way to Travel

Ultra Air & Navitaire | November 03, 2021

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