Sabre acquires stake in German CRS

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Sabre agreed to acquire a 51% interest in Germany's Dillon Communication Systems, operator of a reservations system and CRS switch for nearly 5,000 travel agency locations in Germany.

Sabre already has about 1,000 direct agency subscribers in Germany, and is regularly accessed by "the majority" of DCS subscribers, according to Chris Kroeger, Sabre's senior vice president for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Kroeger acknowledged that some DCS subscribers use the system to access Amadeus or other CRS systems.

"We'll honor those contracts," he said, but he added they will also seek to win new Sabre accounts by integrating the Sabre and DCS systems.

DCS is strong in what Kroeger called "local content," such as ferry services, charters and tours. Users of the system can access a CRS of their choice for access to global airline and other travel services.

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