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Introduction In this lesson you will be introduced to the Sabre system and learn to display all the available flights from any two cities. Most of this lesson and all subsequent Sabre lessons are related to making Sabre entries and interpreting and acting upon Sabre responses. You should complete all Sabre lessons by actually making the entries in your Sabre system as they are described in the lessons. This hands-on procedure will enable you to quickly learn how to use Sabre. Sabre Keyboard Either the standard Sabre keyboard that comes with your Sabre hardware or the keyboard on your personal computer can be used to make Sabre entries. If you are using a personal computer keyboard, several keys have been assigned for specific entries applicable to the Sabre system only. When you have signed in to Sabre, these keys can then be used only for their assigned Sabre entries. The following is a list of keys applicable to Sabre entries only showing the label on your PC keyboard and the Sabre entry that will result from depressing that key (if you are using a standard Sabre keyboard, you can ignore this table).
Sabre Entry Display Clear Change Return End Item Erase Cross of Loraine Memo Depress this key = (equal sign) Backspace [ (left bracket) ] (right bracket) \ (back slash) ; (semicolon) ‘ (apostrophe) End
In this lesson, you will use: The Display Key – Located to the left of the Backspace Key on the top row of your keyboard. The Cross of Loraine Key – Located two keys to the right of the “L” key. Entering Commands in Sabre A command is an entry that instructs Sabre to perform a particular task. Sabre commands are used to book reservations, request flight information and schedules, and make changes, as well as many other functions. When you sign in to Sabre you are given a work area on your PC monitor. In the work area you gather reservations you have made and all the information pertinent to the traveler, such as name, phone number and the 1
reservations you make for him. The notation Make Entry appears each time you should make the entry in your own computer. Make Entry Sabre’s response is the announcement screen showing the day’s news from Sabre: 2 . type font. Next enter the passcode that has been assigned to you. A Sabre command begins with a field identifier or command code. your entry format to sign in is: SI(display key)(your agent sign) The display key is the key to the left of the backspace key on the top row of your keyboard.” and the record is transmitted to Sabre’s permanent storage database. Sign-In Procedure At the beginning of each Sabre session you will be presented with a sign-in screen. All of this information is referred to as the Passenger Name Record (PNR). At this point you should be at your computer so you can actually make the entries being discussed. To begin your Sabre session. Every command has a format that must be typed in a particular order. Sabre will respond to your request with an error message. Unless the format is followed exactly. the entries you make are shown in black. you “end the transaction. After you type a command you must press the Enter key. When all the data has been assembled. The Sabre responses are shown in light colored. Make Entry This should be how your Sabre work area appears: After each entry you make you must press the Enter key. If you are using a standard PC keyboard. The illustrations that follow are screen shots of actual Sabre work areas. click on the Sabre icon on your desktop. or grey.
in which case the city pair availability entry may include either the city code or the airport code. The city pair is made up of the three letter codes for the origin and destination cities. Entering Travel Date Sabre will display only flight scheduled for the current day unless you include the travel date. with the day entered as one or two digits and the month as a three-letter abbreviation of the month. The displaying of flight availability is referred to as City Pair Availability or CPA. the 1st of June would be entered as 1JUN and the 20th of October is entered as 20OCT. Some cities have more than one airport (like Chicago).You are now ready to make reservations and build a PNR. two things must be known. Sabre will show flights from all airports in the city (both O’Hare and Midway in our example). For example. By using the city code. use the following Sabre entry: W/-CC(name of city) 3 . Entering City Pair Sabre must have the city pair in order to display availability. To display CPA. The date is entered in code. the travel date and the city pair. use the airport code – ORD for O’Hare airport or MDW for Midway airport. To specify a particular airport in Chicago. Flights from Chicago to Los Angeles are referred to by the city pair CHILAX. City Pair Availability Sabre displays a listing of flights and classes of service between any two designated cities. using the city code CHI for Chicago and LAX for Los Angeles. To find the city code for a city.
followed by connecting flights – in this example. 2 and 3 are non-stop flights. m. m. TUE .Departure date. CLE/EST – Cleveland is in eastern time zone MCO/EST 0 Orlando is in eastern time zone. Additional flights can be shown by entering 1= (1display). m. Availability Displays The following is the basic command used to request city pair availability: 1(travel date)(city pair)(departure time) Make Entry The Sabre response shows flights scheduled around the departure time between the two city pairs. 10:00 p. or P for p. is entered as 940A. is entered as 1000P. m. 0 indicates 0 time difference 4 . 12 noon is entered as 1200N. The above availability display is interpreted as follows: 12NOV TUE CLE/EST MCO/EST 0 12NOV . 9:40 a. Enter A for a. Times are entered as codes. lines 4 and 5 are two connecting flights with a change in Milwaukee (MKE). lines 1.Make Entry Entering Departure Time The departure time should be entered at the end of your CPA request. Non-stop flights are displayed first.Day of week.
CO 1071 .Departure and arrival times (local times). 9 . Entry 1(display key) 1(display key) (alternate time) 1(alternate date) 1(cross of loraine)1 1-3 Results Displays next six flights until Sabre responds **NO MORE** Displays flights departing around alternate time entered. Limiting Availability Display You may limit the flights appearing on the availability display by adding codes to the end of the basic availability entry as follows: Add to basic entry (city code) /D (cross of loraine)(carrier code) /(time) -(class of service) Example STL /D (cross of loraine)AA /10A -V Results Displays only flights connecting at city specified. Displays availability on departure date three days earlier.Airline and flight number. Displays only non-stop or direct flights Displays only flights for the carrier specified.Flight dependability code (9 indicates 90% or better on time). These entries can be made while the availability display originally requested is still active.Line number.1CO 1071 A9 D9 CLEMCO 9 930A 1152A 738 S/S/S 1 . Displays flights by arrival time rather than departure time.Type of aircraft (Boeing 737) F9 E3 Y9 H9 K9 B9 V9 Q9 T9 . you may limit the availability display to one carrier by adding cross of loraine and carrier code: 1R(return date)(return time)(cross of loraine)(carrier code) 5 .Seats available in other classes. 738 . The following is the format for the entry to request return availability. Return Availability After displaying availability for a departure. Displays flights only for class specified.Seats available in classes A and D. you may display flights for a return trip. 1R(return date)(return time) In addition. CLEMCO – Origin and destination cities. A9 D9 . Displays availability on departure date one day later. 930A 1152P . Displays availability on departure date entered. 0 DCA /E Additional Availability There are several entries that can be made to display additional availability.
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