LOT Sabre

Rafał Milczarski, CEO of LOT (left) and Sean Menke, CEO of Sabre. Image: Piotr Bożyk

APEX Media was in Krakow for a press event where the CEOs of LOT Polish Airlines and Sabre signed a renewal of their partnership, which involves continued access to Sabre’s global distribution system and upgrading to the newest version of Sabre’s AirCentre Flight Plan Manager.

LOT Polish Airlines and Sabre, a provider of IT technologies and solutions for the aviation and tourism industries, announced the renewal of their strategic partnership during a press event last month. The agreement provides the carrier with access to 425,000 travel agencies and companies around the world through Sabre’s global distribution system.

“Dynamic development requires innovative solutions,” said Rafał Milczarski, CEO of LOT Polish Airlines. “In the last three years, LOT has not only increased the number of connections from 41 to 111, but also doubled the number of its passengers. At Sabre we found a suitable and committed partner with whom we closely cooperate on the development of technologically advanced solutions … We also want the IT technology to play an important role in the construction of the New Central Polish Airport and its subsequent launch.”

LOT is also upgrading to the newest version of Sabre’s AirCentre Flight Plan Manager, which reduces operating costs by optimizing flight plans.

“We are very proud that our partner is one of the most ambitious and forward-thinking airlines in Europe,” said Sean Menke, CEO of Sabre Corporation. “Thanks to the clear strategy and strong involvement of the team, LOT has achieved tremendous success over the past few years. We are happy to look forward to continuing our satisfying cooperation. We also want to discover new areas where, with the help of our technology, we can support the profitable growth and further success of LOT.”

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Cooperation with LOT is also expected to contribute to the development of Sabre’s operations in Poland. In the near future, the company plans to expand its software development center, which has been operating in Krakow for 19 years. During the meeting, Sebastian Drzewiecki, the new managing director of Sabre, announced the transfer of the Polish office to a more modern building: Tischnera Office. The new venue will provide Kraków IT professionals with comfortable working conditions and will accommodate a larger number of employees.

“I am glad that I can start my Sabre time with such an exciting initiative that will further improve our team’s working environment and prepare us to provide innovative products for our clients,” Drzewiecki said.