Etihad turns to Zeus to control GDS costs

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By  Published  September 29, 2006

Etihad, the UAE’s national airline, is to implement a new revenue management solution to help provide it with a better understanding of distribution trends and control costs.

After a competitive bidding process, the airline opted for the Zeus software suite from Airlogica, a specialist supplier for airline revenue management solutions. Zeus is designed to provide airlines with a greater understanding of distribution trends, making it easier to control global distribution system (GDS) costs.

“Etihad understands how important it is to keep up to date with industry trends and ticketing activity, which is why we believe that this new system will prove to be an invaluable tool,” said Ali Saleh Al Bloushi, head of revenue management at Etihad Airways.

“After an extensive review we have identified Airlogica’s Zeus as the best available product to manage the challenging area of our distribution costs across the GDS. Furthermore, Zeus will allow us to gain a deeper understanding of all travel agent bookings, which we are confident will lead to a decrease in GDS costs and, in turn, will enable us to continue offering our guests a superior service.”

Zeus will allow Etihad to monitor bookings made by travel agents, putting the airline in a better position to adapt to business changes, the airline said in a statement this month.

“By having Etihad Airways on board, Airlogica is continuing to expand its customer base in the Middle East region,” said Airlogica’s general manager for the EMEA region Peter Pont.

“Etihad identified the added value in our solutions, which will assist them to analyse the Billing Information Data Transfer (BIDT) and decrease their distribution costs,” he added.

Earlier this year Etihad announced it had implemented Oracle's E-Business Suite to help it better plan for new flight routes (see IT Weekly 20-26 May 2006). The airline said it will use the solution to support its aggressive expansion plans, which include increasing the number of destinations it services from 30 to 70 by 2010.

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