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Published on : Tuesday, June 2, 2015
The four Emiratis – Nasir Al Ameeri, Tariq Al Jasmi, Noura Al Ali, and Badreyya Al Hebsi – are currently spending 18 months at Sabre’s headquarters in Southlake, Texas, where they are gaining valuable insights on Sabre’s industry-leading technology and how it is used by airlines to manage mission-critical operations such as reservations and operations.
The group’s on-the-job training covers a wide range of technology solutions, used today by Etihad Airways to manage passenger reservations and all areas of flight operations as well as marketing and sales. This has enabled the managers to learn industry best-practice, which will be used extensively when they return to Abu Dhabi later in the year.
Fatma Al Sahlawi, Etihad Airways’ Head of UAE National Development, said: “Etihad Airways is proud to continue to expand its UAE national program and offer unique opportunities with our partners around the world.
“The Sabre graduate program leverages our technology provider’s experience and expertise in frontline systems that are in operation today as well as providing unique insight into emerging trends that will affect our industry, and how Sabre is working to address these opportunities and challenges.
“It is a great way to strengthen our highly successful relationship and paves the way for future collaboration.
“As this first group is preparing to return to Abu Dhabi, plans are in place for the next group of UAE nationals to depart for Southlake later in the year.”
The managers will return to Abu Dhabi at the end of 2015 and will rejoin Etihad Airways in a variety of roles related to Sabre’s IT streams.
Nasir Al Ameeri said: “The Sabre graduate program has provided us with a first-hand understanding of Sabre’s passenger service system, from a supplier and our airline customer’s perspective.
“Technology is one of the most important parts of the airline industry and it continues to evolve and change all the time, which means that having this insight into Sabre’s innovative technology will add immense value.
“This experience will have a major impact on our careers and the roles we take on when we return to Abu Dhabi.”
There are currently 174 Etihad Airways UAE national employees placed in airport, commercial, finance and marketing roles around the world. In addition, the airline recently announced the appointment of its first female airport manager and first area manager for airport operations and network.