Etihad completes latest Sabre tech switch in $1bn deal

Sabre and Etihad Airways have completed the latest migration of systems after the pair signed a billion dollar technology agreement last year.

The Middle East carrier has migrated its codeshare, network and fleet management technology onto the Sabre Airline Solutions system.

Sabre is now Etihad’s sole provider of planning and scheduling technology and the airline is also the launch partner for new network manager software to improve hub connectivity.

The partners hope the use of Sabre’s systems will help the airline improve efficiency in its operations due to the seamless flow of data between its various systems.

Kevin Knight, Etihad Airways’ chief strategy and planning officer, said: “Etihad Airways is growing rapidly and Sabre’s technology helps us manage network complexity 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 profitability.”

Darren Rickey, Sabre Airline Solutions’ vice president, commercial planning solutions, added: “In early benchmark studies we found that the network management software typically generated profitability improvements of between 1% and 2.5%.

“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 margins.”

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