Etihad Airways has awarded a deal valued at over $1 billion to travel technology company Sabre Airline Solutions to implement its software throughout the carrier's operations.

Under the 10-year agreement, Etihad will use software developed by Sabre across its reservations, inventory, marketing, planning, eCommerce, distribution and departure control operations, by February 2013.

The agreement includes a multi-year full content distribution contract to provide Sabre-connected travel agents worldwide with realtime access to Etihad's flight and scheduling information.

Moreover, the carrier will be able to access the Sabre global distribution system to market and sell products and services.

"It will be the single largest technology-enabled business change that Etihad Airways will undertake in a decade," said the airline's chief executive, James Hogan.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news