China’s HNA Group, which operates multiple airlines, is modernising its technology to support its global expansion efforts.
The fast-growing company, which controls Hainan Airlines, Tianjin Airlines, Capital Airlines and Hong Kong Airlines among other carriers, has signed a comprehensive technology agreement with Sabre. The deal will see HNA introduce multiple new solutions under Sabre’s ‘AirVision Planning & Scheduling’ and ‘AirCentre
Movement’ suites. AirVision is designed to allow airlines to forecast demand and improve their flight scheduling, while AirCentre helps manage daily operations and disruptions, with the aim of improving airlines’ on-time performance.
These solutions will be especially important in China’s fast-growing aviation market, which is already facing over-capacity issues that impact airlines’ ability to operate smoothly and punctually.
“China is a critical aviation market for Sabre because of its rapid growth. With that growth comes an increase in operational complexities. Our technology with help with that complexity and will allow HNA’s airlines to compete more effectively in a very competitive global environment,” said Hugh Jones, president of Sabre Airline Solutions.
HNA is also developing multiple new routes, including a range of long-haul services. These include Capital Airlines’ inaugural flights to Europe, Hainan Airlines’ expanded trans-Pacific network and Tianjin Airlines’ first routes to the UK and New Zealand.
Meanwhile, Sabre is increasing its presence in China by developing a new operations centre in Shanghai, complementing its existing team in Beijing.
“HNA… is built on the enormous tourist market in China and is devoted to the development of aviation and tourist industry,” said Xie Haoming, chief operating officer of HNA Tourism Group. “The… solutions that Sabre has developed will make our airlines more efficient and profitable and enable us to better service our customers.”
To mark the agreement between the two companies, a signing ceremony was held in Beijing this week, attended by executives from HNA Aviation Group and Sabre.