|[October 01, 2012]
Etihad Airways Begins Implementation of Latest Tranche of Sabre Software
LONDON --(Business Wire)--
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE),
has started implementing its latest tranche of Sabre (News - Alert) software following
the billion dollar technology agreement signed by the two companies last
As part of Etihad Airways' ongoing drive to create the world's most
efficient airline technology infrastructure, it has adopted Sabre's
codeshare, network and fleet management software to enhance planning and
These new capabilities complement the Sabre technology already selected
- including passenger reservations software - primarily because the
seamless flow of data between the systems will augment efficiencies in
areas such as scheduling, slot planning, route optimisation and
Etihad Airways is also Sabre's launch partner for the network manager
software, a program that allows airlines to make intelligent schedule
adjustments to improve connectivity through hubs.
The fine-tuning of schedules allows the airline to maximise
connecting-traffic revenue, while delivering the best possible service
These latest migrations mean Sabre is now Etihad Airways' sole
technology provider for planning and scheduling, and is committed to
helping the airline achieve its international network expansion and
Kevin Knight, Etihad Airways' Chief Strategy and Planning Officer, said:
"Etihad Airways is growing rapidly and Sabre's technology helps us
manage network comlexity while finding the most profitable approaches
to network and fleet allocation.
"Being Sabre's launch partner for its network management software also
demonstrates our commitment to the relationship and the importance of
working with a single technology partner to achieve our long-term goals.
"The software simplifies what is a complex process, as it combines
operational information with passenger behaviour data and creates
potential schedule adjustment options that will allow us to maximise
Darren Rickey, Sabre Airline Solutions' Vice President Commercial
Planning Solutions, said: "In early benchmark studies we found that the
network management software typically generated profitability
improvements of between 1 per cent and 2.5 per cent.
"But the broader relationship, and Sabre's role as Etihad Airways'
single technology provider means that we will be continuing to work with
our colleagues in the airline on a daily basis to ensure that our
software is improving efficiency and creating the widest possible profit
Etihad Airways' technology has been implemented using Sabre's
software-as-a-service (SaaS (News - Alert)) hosted infrastructure and followed
comprehensive customer consultation.
Sabre Airline Solutions provides technology to the aviation
industry. It operates the industry's largest Software-as-a-Solutions
(SaaS) business, with its reservations system, commercial planning and
operations software used by more than 300 airlines and over 100 airports
around the world. More than 450 million passengers are put on airplanes
every year using Sabre technology. Sabre Airline Solutions is part of
Sabre Holdings, a global travel technology company serving the world's
largest industry - travel and tourism. For more information please
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates,
began operations in 2003, and in 2011 carried 8.3 million passengers.
From its hub at Abu Dhabi International Airport, Etihad Airways serves
86 passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe,
Asia, Australia and North America, with a fleet of 66 Airbus and Boeing (News - Alert)
aircraft, and 100 aircraft on order, including 10 Airbus A380s, the
world's largest passenger aircraft. Etihad Airways also owns nearly 30
per cent of airberlin, Europe's sixth largest airline, and 40 per cent
of Air Seychelles. For more information, please visit: www.etihad.com.
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