APAC / Issue Q4 2019 5 NEWS , Sabre Corporation, the leading technol- ogy provider to the global travel industry, recently announced that China-based carrier Shan- dong Airlines is the latest to select several intelligent retailing solu- tions from the Sabre Commercial Platform. Under this agreement, Shandong Airlines will leverage Sabre AirVision Schedule Man- ager and Sabre AirVision Fares Manager to drive revenue optimi- zation and accelerate how the air- line competes in the Asian market. “As Shandong Airlines continues to evolve to cater to the growing needs of travelers in and around China, we recognize the value of onboard- ing innovative technology solutions from leading technology providers like Sabre to bolster our commercial management capabilities. The intel- ligent solutions the Sabre Commer- cial Platform has to offer will fuel our business strategy and help to set ourselves apart in the highly com- petitive environment in which we operate,” said a spokesperson from Shandong Airlines. Shandong Airlines has a vast net- work of domestic and internation- al routes across the Asia Pacific region. With the implementation of Sabre’s innovative commercial planning solutions, Shandong Airlines will drive revenue maxi- mization, significantly improve its efficiency by reducing the amount of manual processes, and intelli- gently optimize operations from a Bechtel andTeam lead one of the largest tunnelling effort in Aus- tralian history for Sydney Metro. One of the biggest public trans- portation project in Australia’s history reached a milestone as five 1,000-ton boring machines passed the halfway point in carv- ing underground rail tunnels for the Sydney Metro. The machines, overseen by an integrated team that includes Bechtel, are digging beneath the city’s central business district and the iconic Sydney Harbour. The final machine, a specialized mixed-shield slurry tunnel boring machine (TBM), began digging in August. Altogether, the five ma- chines will construct 31 kilometers of new tunnels for Sydney Metro. “It’s been a huge month for the Sydney Metro team as they surpassed the halfway point in tunnelling for the City & South- west and launched a giant borer, named Kathleen, under Sydney Harbour. Kathleen will dig at depths of up to 40 meters,” said Ged Silva, Bechtel’s regional manager for Asia Pacific. Train service on Sydney Metro started in the city’s North West (from Tallawong to Chatswood) in May, with a train running every four minutes during the peak periods. Creating History schedule planning and fare man- agement perspective. Schedule Manager will empower schedule planners to be more confident by generating intelligent insights, enhancing management reporting capabilities and improving ana- lytics. Moreover, the adoption of Fares Manager will allow the car- rier to monitor and change their fares quickly and efficiently, mak- ing fare filing much easier and ac- curate. Sabre’s cutting-edge tech- nology will also help Shandong Airlines with the efficient manage- ment of private contracts and help to generate tangible business in- telligence to significantly improve the airline’s revenue pipeline. “Sabre is a global company that prides itself on offering a localized approach to its customers. With support from our team based in Shanghai, we are well positioned to drive China’s thriving aviation industry, already providing cut- ting-edge solutions and services to more than 30 of the country’s top carriers,” said Dasha Kuksen- ko, vice president & regional gen- eral manager, North Asia, Travel Solutions. “We’ve acquired excep- tional knowledge about China, its unique needs, and the significant opportunity for airlines to optimize revenue potential, and we are fo- cused on supporting all carriers as they continue on their growth trajectory. Sabre is pleased to be a strategic technology partner to Shandong Airlines as it continues to expand its footprint across the region,” she added. Shandong Airlines selects Sabre to drive intelligent retailing in China and across Asia. By 2024, Sydney will have 31 met- ro railway stations and a 66-kilo- meter standalone metro railway system, revolutionizing the travel around Australia’s biggest city. The project includes delivering 15.5-kilometer twin tunnels from Chatswood to Sydenham under the central business district and Sydney Harbour. As Sydney Met- ro’s delivery management partner, Bechtel is overseeing the delivery of the tunnelling contract which was awarded to John Holland CPB Ghella Joint Venture in 2017. In ad- dition to building twin tunnels, the team is excavating space for six new stations in the heart of the city. Each machine is 150 meters in length – longer than two Airbus A380 aircraft – and designed to cut through sandstone, an es- pecially hard rock that makes up the harbour. The borers operate as underground factories, digging and lining the tunnels as they go. Collectively, the machines will excavate 5.9 million tons of rock – enough to fill roughly 940 Olym- pic-sized swimming pools. The excavated material from the new tunnels will be reused at another Bechtel project, the new Western Sydney Airport, where it will be used as a base for the new runway.