20 May 2013 11:30
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has held its first Vendor Symposium in Abu Dhabi.
The event, organised
by the airline’s Procurement and Supply Management (P&SM) department saw
more than 350 delegates from Abu Dhabi and UAE businesses, suppliers and
commerce attend, along with representatives of UAE government departments.
The objective of the
symposium was to further strengthen Etihad Airways' reputation and brand in the
UAE procurement market, and reflect transparency, integrity and accountability
in the airline's operations.
In his opening
keynote address, Etihad Airways’ Chief Financial Officer James Rigney, told
delegates: “Etihad Airways is an enabler
of the Abu Dhabi economy and its 2030 vision, and we want to do more business
with quality UAE-based suppliers.
“Working with us is
about being best-in-class, growing and keeping pace with us and our equity
partners, and doing so with competitive pricing.”
Etihad Airways’ Vice
President P&SM Adil Al Mulla, gave an overview of the airline’s procurement
principles before outlining the spend and procurement trends in areas such as
Corporate Services, Fuel Management, Airline and In-Flight Services, Supply
Management, and e-tools.
“We are actively
looking for long-term partnerships and global agreements in our quest to
centralise our procurement process. This
is a great opportunity for locally-based companies to work with the national
airline of the UAE and, together, forge partnershipsof mutual benefit,” he
The event culminated
in an active discussion with delegates, where the P&SM management team
answered a range questions including: how to register with Etihad Airways, how
to participate in tenders, selection criteria, current supplier concerns and
This is the first time
Etihad Airways has held a vendor symposium, and plans are in place to repeat
the success of this year’s event again in 2014.
regularly releases tenders, and UAE-based businesses can find out more about
the airline’s procurement processes by visiting https://etihad.tejari.com/