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ALASKA AIRLINES, HORIZON AIR TO USE SABRE RESERVATION SYSTEM

 ALASKA AIRLINES, HORIZON AIR TO USE SABRE RESERVATION SYSTEM
 SEATTLE, Oct. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Airlines and AMR Information Services Inc. (AMRIS), a subsidiary of AMR Corp. (NYSE: AMR), announced an agreement today whereby AMRIS will provide the services of the SABRE computer reservation system to the airline.
 The 10-year agreement provides for Alaska's use of SABRE's airline computer software and associated equipment and installation. The agreement also provides for the computer reservation system to be used by Horizon Air, Alaska's sister carrier, as well as a number of commuter carriers that operate as sub-contractors to Alaska.
 The SABRE system will be used by Alaska to assist its customers with reservations, seat assignments and ticketing as well as to provide information
regarding flight schedules, fares and other travel-related services. The system will be used by approximately 3,000 Alaska,


Horizon and sub-contractor employees at reservation centers, airport ticket counters, city ticket offices and other facilities. SABRE is expected to be in operation at these locations during the second quarter of 1993.
 "AMRIS is delighted to announced its newly formed, long-term agreement with Alaska Airlines," said C. Joseph Atteridge, president of AMRIS. "We welcome Alaska Airlines and its sister carriers to the SABRE system and look forward to a mutually successful partnership."
 "After a lengthy and careful review of the major computer reservations systems available, we found SABRE the most attractive in terms of features and capabilities, convenience and productivity," said Ed White, Alaska's assistant vice president of customer service. "This is a mutually beneficial agreement that will give Alaska a competitive edge, allowing our employees to provide better service to our customers more efficiently than ever."
 Transportation Automation Services (TAS), a division of AMRIS, will be responsible for implementing Alaska's conversion to the SABRE system. TAS specializes in mainframe computer systems which provide airlines around the world with reservations, airport passenger processing and flight operating systems. In addition, a separate reservation system, RESARAIL, is offered to railroads. TAS also offers various personal computer packages to complete the total transportation automation product line.
 "Alaska Airlines can expect its already high level of service to be enhanced by the SABRE computerized reservation system. We believe SABRE will provide the highest quality, most efficient computer reservations system tailored to meet the needs of Alaska Airlines. TAS stands ready to be Alaska Airline's long-term technology partner in support of its business and operational strategies," said George Van Derven, president of TAS.
 Dallas/Fort Worth-based AMRIS is a $150-million company offering a full range of information management services. These services include systems development, network design and management, telemarketing, reservations services and systems, data management, technical training, as well as long-term technological partnerships. AMRIS is a subsidiary of AMR Corp., the parent company of American Airlines.
 Celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, Alaska Airlines serves 42 cities in Alaska, Mexico, Russia and five Western states. Horizon Air serves 35 cities in five states and in Western Canada. Both airlines are wholly-owned subsidiaries of Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE: ALK; PSE).
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 /CONTACT: Bill Ehrlich of Alaska Airlines, 206-431-7424; Laurie Levy of MBRK Public Relations, 214-520-1200, for Alaska Airlines; or
Karin Wacaser of AMRIS Corporate Communications, 817-967-1587/
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