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User currently offlineLincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8
Posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2519 times:

Simple Question: When was SABRE First made available to travel agents?

I'm reading Flying HIgh: How JetBlue Founder and CEO David Neeleman Beats the Competition Even in the World's Most Turbulent Industry" -- which is highly recommended, especially if you read it right after Nuts!... It really is great.

Anyways, on page 164-165 In the 1970s, computerized reservation systems were linked to monitors on the desks of travel agents [...] United's Apollo CRS system was the first to be installed in travel agencies in 1976, closely followed by American's SABRE...

... Was it really as late as 1976? My ex-travel agency owner coworker swears that it was earlier -- he thinks he got SABRE for his agency in 71 or 72 (which sounds far more reasonable to me though I would have guessed even earlier than that). (his pseudo city was C2T if that helps date things at all)

Also, just for the heck of it, can anyone tell me (how to figure out) who "owns" the SABRE pseudo city C2T these days?

One last question: Does any one know of any good histories of SABRE from a hardware point of view? Lots has been written about SABRE as a concept but I haven't found much about how a SABRE set on an agent's desk talked to the larger system and the intermediate hardware. (or even pictures of the original SABRE sets)

Thanks and Happy New Year!

Lincoln


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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20322 posts, RR: 63
Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2498 times:

Simple Question: When was SABRE First made available to travel agents?

"Even though Sabre Holdings has expanded and evolved into a leader in global travel commerce, its roots are in the GDS business. The history of the GDS began with a chance meeting on an airplane in 1953 between American Airlines President C.R Smith and R. Blair Smith, a senior sales representative for IBM. A conversation about the travel industry sparked the idea of a data processing system that would create a complete airline seat reservation and make all the data instantly available to any travel agent. Six years later, this idea became a reality as the two companies teamed up, and the resulting Sabre system was installed at its first travel agency in 1960. The revolutionary system was the first real-time business application of computer technology – representing the birth of electronic commerce."

can anyone tell me (how to figure out) who "owns" the SABRE pseudo city C2T these days?

Sabre Holdings of Southlake, TX is an S&P 500 company, trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TSG.

http://www.sabre-holdings.com/index.html

Hope that helps.  Smile



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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20322 posts, RR: 63
Reply 2, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2478 times:

Well you learn something new every day!

SABRE stands for: Semi-Automatic Business Research Environment

Who would have thought?

Anyway, as I did a little more research, I realized I'd misread your question and it was who owned the pseudo city instead of who owned SABRE, sorry about that.  Smile

There's a lot of great history about SABRE and GDS systems in general by using the search phrase "GDS network hardware" at Google.

Cheers.



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User currently offlineSearpqx From Netherlands, joined Jun 2000, 4343 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2462 times:

1976 sounds about right for the mass release of automation to the agency world. As noted earlier, SABRE was in existence much earlier, but it wasn't actively marketed until the 70s.

If you or your friend have access to a SABRE terminal, type in W/*C2T0 . That will decode the agency name or entity that the Psuedo City Code (PCC) is assigned to. FYI - all SABRE travel agency PCCs are four digits now, they have been since around 1990. The original three digit codes all had 0 added to the end, so your friends PCC is C2T0 now. As a bit of trivia, SABRE PCCs were assigned sequentially from A0A on. I worked for one of the earliest SABRE agencies, IVI Travel (now part of WorldTravel BTI), which was A0Z. So, while C2T wasn't the earliest agency automated, it was still fairly early in the game.



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User currently offlineAAR90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3451 posts, RR: 47
Reply 4, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2447 times:

...type in W/*C2T0

Oops, looks like it is no longer active:
W/*C2T0«
C2T0 XLD 19FEB02


When was SABRE First made available to travel agents?

According to EAGLE, The Story of American Airlines: "In May 1976, American installed its first SABRE unit in a travel agency." pg.444

FYI, AA internal use milestones are (pg.348): "The first city cutover was Hartford, in November 1962, and SABRE became systemwide in 1964 with a Cleveland cutover. The initial computer center, installed in 1960, was at Briarcliff Manor, New York, and was later moved to Tulsa."

SABRE stands for: Semi-Automatic Business Research Environment
Who would have thought?


All those of us who were hired way back when... when SABRE was introduced to us on Day-1 of training!  Nuts



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