01 Jun 2016 09:00
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, invited more than 500 local and international suppliers, to a major conference in Abu Dhabi aimed at transforming the traditional buyer and supplier relationship. Hosted by the company’s Procurement and Supply Management team, the theme of the event was ‘Transformation’.
The mandate set for Etihad
Airways in 2006 was to be the best airline in the world, be commercially viable
and a significant contributor to the Abu Dhabi economy. Through local
procurement, Etihad Airways has spent US$5
billion with Abu Dhabi companies in the last three
Held at The Ritz Carlton
Hotel in Abu Dhabi, the aim of the annual event was to build collaborative
partnerships that innovate and share best practices for the benefit of all.
Adil Al Mulla, Etihad
Airways’ Vice President Procurement and Supply Management, said: “We are in the
midst of a business transformation programme, re-engineering our processes,
implementing new technology and developing our people to deliver real financial
benefits to the airline.
“We must also transform
our relationships with our supply partners so we can mutually optimise the
value of our engagement. This event was a great step forward in developing more
open communications and working relationships that will deliver results for all
procurement department won the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply
MENA Award 2016, for the International procurement project of the year, and was
shortlisted in several other award categories.