Sabre releases new airline network planning white paper

Sabre Corporation has released a white paper outlining the new methodologies it is creating to enable its airline partners to create more holistic, accurate network plans as their focus shifts from short-term planning to long-term recovery in the wake of the pandemic.

“From an aviation perspective, the latter half of 2021 is the time to change our outlook from crisis mode with a focus only on the immediate term to again taking on a more strategic view; analysing market and fleet adjustments for the seasons and years to come,” said Cem Tanyel, chief services officer, Sabre Travel Solutions.

Sabre releases new insights into how airline network planning is adapting for travel industry recovery

“However, shifting from a purely short-term scheduling focus back to a full timeline network planning view will not be easy in the current environment. In addition to difficulties caused by reduced passenger numbers and revenue, and resulting reductions in crew for some airlines, there are additional challenges given that the data airline managers could previously rely on to estimate future demand beyond the next few weeks is no longer reliable.”

As such, Sabre is developing the robust new airline network planning methodologies described in its new white paper, The Art & Science of Airline Network Planning to Ramp up for Recovery.

These new methods can leverage its GDS shopping data in conjunction with historical global demand data and industry capacity data to predict demand in a manner that works effectively even when prior year results become less representative. Using these new approaches, Sabre has developed alternative 2021 schedules and demand estimations that are more reflective of what is likely to occur.

The white paper sets out the new methodologies created by Sabre to take a more holistic view of airline network planning at a time when it is not possible to rely on previous years’ data alone.

The paper also contains latest industry data that can help airline managers in their decision-making process. As well, it highlights why airlines need to place a deeper focus on segmentation in both the leisure and business segments, the destinations and segments that are seeing above average capacity rebound, and how Covid-19 has accelerated network planning innovation.

The full white paper can be viewed here.

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