(14 July 2021) Sabre today published its latest whitepaper – The Art & Science of
Airline Network Planning to Ramp up for Recovery – as the airline industry gradually turns its attention to longer
term planning once more, and away from the short-term operational
focus that was necessary earlier in 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; analyzing market and fleet adjustments for the
seasons and years to come,” said
Cem Tanyel, Chief Services Officer, Sabre Travel Solutions.
“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.”
That is why Sabre is developing the new
airline network planning methodologies described in the
whitepaper that leverage 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.
The whitepaper sets out:
• 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
• How airlines are now shifting from a purely short-term
to a full timeline planning view and why this process is complex
as we move towards recovery.
• Latest industry data that can
help airline managers in their decision-making process.
airlines need to place a deeper focus on segmentation in both the
leisure and business segments as we move further into 2021.
The destinations and segments that are seeing above average
• How Covid-19 has accelerated network
“Often it is said that necessity is
the mother of invention,” said Mr. Tanyel. “This pandemic has driven innovation to an
NPS process that has been quite static over the prior decades.
Quantitative network planning approaches being developed that
leverage technical advances were already under way before COVID19
but have now become more important to advance. A more complete,
innovative process that incorporates segmentation analysis,
shopping data and more robust industry schedule outlooks will be
The Art & Science of Airline
Network Planning to Ramp up for Recovery
To learn more about the latest trends in the
airline industry and how Sabre is using its massive bank of data
to improve the network planning tools it offers airlines, Steven
Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com interviewed Cem Tanyel on 8 July over
Skype. The exclusive interview is available in both video and
podcast formats below.
The 16-page (15.5MB) whitepaper can be downloaded
As the above video interview was conducted over the internet, I
would like to apologise that the audio and visual quality are not
up to the same HD/UHD quality that it normally would be. Hopefully it won’t be too
long until we are once again conducting exclusive video interviews
in person, but for now we have to make do with what we have. Thank
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