Aiming to improve its global load control system, Etihad Airways has fostered a new deal with Amadeus to introduce its Altéa Departure Control Flight Management platform.
Part of a five-year technology partnership signed with the travel technology specialist, Etihad will utilise Amadeus’ platform to improve productivity through automation and increased integration, while also maximising capacity and mitigating costs.
John Wright, VP Global Airport and Network Operations, Etihad Airways, said: “As an innovative airline, Etihad is always looking for technological solutions that work efficiently across different platforms to drive operational performance by increasing productivity and reducing costs. By partnering with Amadeus, Etihad will be able to more comprehensively automate the load control process – the key to optimised load distribution, safe flights and preventing costly delays.”
The airline will be able to communicate its centralised load control function directly with the aircraft dispatcher via mobile smart devices. In addition to improving communication, the technology solution will allow the airline to better manage last minute changes.
The solution will assist Etihad in analysing the passenger and cargo load more accurately, while also automating optimal aircraft load distribution and calculating precise fuel for each flight.
The addition of the flight management platform will prove invaluable when the carrier begins operating flights at the upcoming Midfield Terminal in Abu Dhabi.
Once launched, the new airport is forecasted to have an annual capacity of 30 million passengers.
Maher Koubaa, executive vice president, Airlines, Middle East, Turkey and Africa, Amadeus added: “Amadeus is committed to enabling airlines to grow and optimise their operations through technology. Today’s sophisticated airline systems are connected like never before with much simpler management so carriers such as Etihad Airways can boost productivity, reduce the cost of travel and keep customers happy.”
Back in 2017, Etihad was one of 15 airlines that inked a 10-year framework agreement for distribution services with Amadeus following a lengthy negotiation overseen by the Arab Air Carriers Association (AACO).