Malaysia Airlines partners with Saber for network planning and optimization products, ET TravelWorld News, ET TravelWorld

Saber Corporation has partnered with Malaysia Airlines to enable the carrier to improve its network planning and optimization with Saber technology while continuing to accelerate operations.

The Kuala Lumpur-based carrier and Saber enjoy a successful, valued and long-standing relationship, having worked together for over two decades. This latest agreement supports Malaysia Airlines’ efforts to provide robust, achievable and operationally cost-effective schedules. It will use Saber’s network planning and optimization products for critical decision support to help it forecast schedule profitability, match capacity and demand, and improve aircraft utilization and network connectivity.

“With the industry recovery progressing well, we are firmly focused on delivering optimal routes while ensuring the integrity of our flight schedules,” said Bryan Foong, Group Chief Strategy Officer, Malaysia Airlines. “As such, we are excited to further cement our relationship with Saber by selecting a comprehensive suite of network planning and scheduling solutions that will help the airline design the right schedules and deploy the right aircraft on the right aircraft. route and at the right time to maximize revenue. opportunities, optimize costs and meet strong traveler demand,” added Foong.

“What is clear is that airline network planning and optimization is only getting more complex,” said Rakesh Narayanan, Vice President, Regional General Manager, Asia Pacific, Travel Solutions, Airline Dirty.

“Airlines can no longer rely on historical data patterns to predict future demand and they also face challenges in increasing capacity and persistently high fuel costs. It is therefore more important than ever that carriers have advanced technological solutions to predict future demand and adapt to market conditions in order to get the most out of every route, every aircraft and every seat.

The airline will buy 10 of the planes from Airbus and then enter into a sale-leaseback agreement with Avolon, with the remaining 10 leased directly from Avolon, the carrier said Monday. The planes, which will be powered by Rolls-Royce engines, are expected to be delivered from the third quarter of 2024 to 2028, the airline said.

Malaysia Airlines operates an extensive route network covering Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and the United Kingdom. As travel restrictions were eased in Malaysia earlier this year, bookings immediately increased for both inbound and outbound travel. The carrier is now firmly focused on longer-term plans, including launching new routes, expanding codeshare partnerships, replacing aircraft and exploring sustainable aviation fuel options. In a further sign of the recovery of the high-end travel sector, the airline has also reopened its three golden lounges at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. The carrier selected a full suite of Saber scheduling solutions, consisting of:
Schedule Manager that allows the creation of schedule scenarios, schedule modifications, optimization of aircraft utilization, creation of connection banks and verification of feasibility violations, to build commercially viable and achievable schedules operationally.

Fleet Manager which helps optimize fleet management decisions, assigning the most appropriate aircraft type to each flight segment to minimize damage and spills, reduce costs and help maximize profitability.

Profit Manager which uses complex algorithms and passenger multiple choice modeling to assess market share, forecast load factors and analyze partnerships and alliances, helping forecast network revenue and profitability.

Codeshare Manager which helps the airline manage codeshare agreements with partner airlines and assess potential codeshare connections to maximize revenue. It allows for private hypothetical analysis, independent of partner airlines, to assess the value of each partnership.

Slot Manager which is a complete slot management solution for airlines to manage slot portfolios, automate the slot messaging process to avoid manual messaging and ensure that schedule and slots are in sync to avoid penalties and the loss of historical slots.