Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, and CIRTA Electro Mechanical and Maintenance, a Khalifa Fund member, have signed an AED 8 million agreement that will see CIRTA develop customised software for the airline’s cabin crew transport system.
The agreement was recently signed at the Etihad Airways Centre in
Abu Dhabi by Robert Webb, Etihad Airways’ Chief Information & Technology
Officer, and Abdulla Al Shammari, Chief Executive Officer of CIRTA Electro
Mechanical and Maintenance.
Mr Webb said: “CIRTA’s software will be tailored to Etihad Airways’
unique specifications and will significantly improve the crew transportation
routes for travel to Abu Dhabi airport.
“The automatic optimisation system will analyse flight departure
times for the crew, identify their locations in Abu Dhabi, schedule pick-up
time and produce an optimised transportation route.
“This will increase the efficiency in the transport management
system and decrease the number of buses needed. The system will deliver an
ideal one-stop solution that will help reduce transportation costs, lower fuel
usage, and lower CO2 emissions.”
Mr Al Shammari said: “This agreement opens the doors for CIRTA to enter
the local market and support one of the leading companies in the region. We
look forward to providing Etihad Airways with a world-class service and
H E Abdullah Al Darmaki, Chief
Executive Officer of Khalifa Fund, said: “By awarding
contracts to Khalifa Fund members, Etihad Airways is supporting the growth of
the UAE, improving standards of small and
medium size enterprises (SMEs), and encouraging competition in the market.
“Government and semi-government entities should follow this example and
give SMEs support and encouragement to enable them to play their role in the
development of the national economy.”
Etihad Airways’ procurement
department also hosted a workshop to familiarise more than 70 Khalifa Fund
members with the airline procurement procedures.
Adil Al-Mulla, Etihad Airways’ Vice President
Procurement and Supply Management, said: “The workshop introduced Khalifa Fund
entrepreneurs to our business which will increase their opportunities to bid
for further contracts with the airline.
“As the national airline of the UAE
we are committed to supporting our community, including small and medium size enterprises
across the country.”