Airline Consulting

Key learnings from organizing webinars

Wednesday, Dec 16, 2020, 12:35
The situation of the last month has drastically increased the demand to work virtually. In this article we want to share our experience and learnings using webinars with external participants as an example.

How we at Lufthansa Systems support our customers in times of Covid-19 (Part 2/2)

Tuesday, Sep 15, 2020, 10:15
Successful remote cutover of the Lufthansa Systems Slot Management Suite and provision of a full Initial Submission Service for Italian leisure carrier Neos. A full remote Initial Submission Service is now available for any carrier interested. In case of interest, please contact us.

Successful virtual collaboration in 10 steps

Thursday, Jul 09, 2020, 7:27
The situation of the last months has drastically increased the demand to work virtually with customers. In this blog we would like to share our learnings regarding remote workshops during the Corona crisis.

In (and beyond) a state of pandemic: is there still room for SESAR?

Tuesday, Jun 16, 2020, 13:22
Current crisis is shifting the focus of airline decision-makers towards preserving liquidity, an imperative to survive. Often at the expense of those projects that are no longer viewed as necessary. Still, a survey has revealed that managers assign value to adopting SESAR solutions. To think beyond the pandemic.              

Airline Crisis Assistance: Do you need experience to manage a crisis?

Friday, Apr 24, 2020, 11:47
A few days ago while talking to a colleague, I realized that I feel old. He argued that “all crises are the same” and that it is possible to come up with a standard methodology to manage any type of crisis. So I took a breath and counted the airline industry crises that I experienced in my career as a network and schedule planner.

How can you stabilize and rebuild customer confidence during and after the Corona crisis?

Monday, Apr 20, 2020, 12:41
  Maintaining a trusting relationship with customers particularly in times of extensive uncertainty, is a key driver of business success and airlines need to focus on the long-term and lifetime value of their customers by proving to them that they care.  

Operations control in a pandemic

Thursday, Apr 09, 2020, 8:37
The Coronavirus crisis will last for long. We need to accept this and implement solutions to manage the implications. Securing workforce and passengers health together with business continuity is vital. We recommend four ops control-related actions to build an actual border between the virus and the business. 

How can MRO/CAMO support airline profitability during and after the corona crisis

Wednesday, Apr 01, 2020, 14:15
The Corona crisis has pushed the airline industry to its limits, directly affecting the liquidity. Nevertheless, the crisis offers some opportunities to re-position airline’s maintenance strategies, not as cost-generating processes, but as a carefully designed, efficient and lean structure that may add value to the overall profitability.

How can we support airlines to safeguard profitability and survive the corona crisis?

Tuesday, Mar 24, 2020, 15:08
In exceptional situations such as the current collapse in travel demand due to the worldwide Corona crisis, it is vital for airlines to quickly adapt their flight schedules to a new reality. Capacity and operational costs must be significantly reduced. Schedule changes must be immediately published, so that operational planning areas can react to reduce the impact on both customers and the airline’s resources.

What should be delivered at the end of a project?

Monday, Mar 02, 2020, 12:24
This series of blog posts provides interesting insights into project management in the airline industry. In the last post I described the five phases of a project. Based on an industry example, I now want to take a closer look at the planning phase for describing the content and scope of a project.

Think SWIM!

Tuesday, Dec 17, 2019, 10:14
SWIM (System Wide Information Management) is strategic to access the benefits that the trajectory, collaboration-based ATM paradigm envisioned by ICAO and defined by SESAR and NextGen – among others – will disclose.

The start of my new job

Wednesday, Nov 27, 2019, 10:12
That's how I started as a Junior Airline Consultant in the DACH team at Lufthansa Systems. (Reading time approx. 2 minutes)

Business ideas to partner with airline networks

Wednesday, Nov 20, 2019, 9:50
Are you looking for partners in the airline industry? Airline networks are active associations of geographically concentrated companies and research centers with unique airline expertise, seeking business and new market opportunities. Get to know them and explore the benefits of working together.

SESAR, the road to readiness

Friday, Nov 15, 2019, 11:23
Get your Ops Control ready for the Pilot Common Project and gear up for System Wide Information Management.

What needs to be done when?

Wednesday, Nov 13, 2019, 14:43
This series of blog posts provides interesting insights into project management in the airline industry. The third post explained the product lifecycle and showed that there is life outside of projects as well. But since this life is the result of a project, this post will look at a vivid example from the industry to dive more deeply into the different phases and timing of a project.

Quo Vadis NDC?

Friday, Oct 25, 2019, 8:48
There is a time for every innovation and now it is the time for NDC. That is what the IATA keeps sermonizing since 2012. But is this still correct or are we already heading to the next step – One Order? This blog tries to identify the position of the transformation process for airlines into the era of modern distribution technologies.

The Pilot Common Project: your benefit, your role, your actions.

Friday, Oct 11, 2019, 11:49
The PCP (i.e.EU Regulation 716/2014) is not just about providers and adhering to regulations. It is about making airlines benefit from SESAR

Project completed – what now?

Tuesday, Oct 08, 2019, 9:41
The author has written this series of blogs to provide interesting insights into project management in the airline industry. In his third post, he uses a vivid example to illustrate the difference between a project and day-to-day work.

SESAR, the die is cast - Now it’s your turn! It´s about your performance as of 2021

Friday, Sep 20, 2019, 8:09
The Pilot Common Project is not “just politics”, it´s about your chances to improve the operational performance through SESAR. Chances that call for your prompt involvement.

Often neglected – but so important: KPIs in Schedule Management

Tuesday, Sep 17, 2019, 6:36
Key Performance Indicators allow users and managers of schedule departments to measure and manage their targets and goals. But there is still a gap when it comes to this discipline. Read more about this topic in my blog.

Short-term profitability evaluation in Schedule Management (2/2)

Wednesday, Sep 11, 2019, 8:37
A tactical profitability evaluation is a powerful support for schedule management departments to evaluate the profitability contribution for schedules that are near the publication or closeout date. The second part of this blog sequence will give more insights about this important commercial topic.

The power of good maintenance data and having more time for tacos!

Wednesday, Sep 04, 2019, 9:56
Are you aware about the importance of the information needed before, while, and after taking any decision? Read in this blog post why you should perform a health check on your maintenance data.

The goal is the goal

Friday, Aug 23, 2019, 9:21
The author has written this series of blogs to provide interesting insights into project management in the airline industry. In the second post, he shares a striking example from the sector that is worth remembering when defining goals at the start of a project.

Short-term profitability evaluation in Schedule Management (1/2)

Friday, Aug 16, 2019, 11:59
A tactical profitability evaluation should be standard at any airline of any size and any business model. It is powerful support for schedule management departments to evaluate the profitability contribution for schedules that are near the publication or close-out date. The following blog will give more insights about this important commercial topic.

Using efficient body language to persuade others

Tuesday, Aug 06, 2019, 13:27
Everyone talks about using new technologies to increase efficiency. But the success of any business undertaking actually depends on the quality of its management. In my job as a consultant, I’ve wondered how I can improve this. As an enthusiastic rider, I came up with the idea of using horses as effective coaches.

Is it really a project? Characteristics of a project and how to identify a project

Wednesday, Jul 17, 2019, 7:18
The author has written this series of blogs to provide interesting insights into project management in the airline industry. In the first post, he uses one notable example from the sector to outline the particular characteristics and distinctive features of a project.

"The die is cast" - Challenges & Solutions around Air Traffic Management related delays

Thursday, Jun 20, 2019, 13:30
It´s no big news anymore – flight chaos over Europe has repeatedly caused negative headlines last summer and is expected to be no different this year.  That's what we took as an occasion for our presentation at this year’s AGIFORS Operations SG Meeting. In this blog post we share a summary with our main points with you.

From Zero to Crew Satisfaction Hero

Friday, May 03, 2019, 9:58
In a growing aviation industry with a strong forecasted crew shortage, crew satisfaction is becoming more and more important. My colleague Stefan Hartmann and I from Lufthansa Systems Airline Consulting spoke about how to increase crew satisfaction at the AGIFORS Crew Management 2019 in Mexico.

Airline start-ups: Why make the same mistakes others have already made?

Thursday, Apr 04, 2019, 9:16
According to my personal experience, a lot of conceptual work is necessary before the first flight takes off. This is the reason why I would like to give new players on the market an initial support by providing a very high-level checklist for each step required to start an airline.

…and when did you make your last mistake at the ticket vending machine? Error minimization strategies in Slot Management.

Wednesday, Mar 06, 2019, 6:33
Slot Management is still managed at many airlines in a manual-oriented manner. But looking at our human nature, such manual working routines imply a high risk of human errors that naturally happen. Please read my blog to get some ideas how an efficient error minimization risk strategy might look like.

Digital Transformation: Why Business Analysis becomes more and more important

Tuesday, Feb 26, 2019, 9:11
There is nothing to discuss: Today, airlines are constantly challenged to solve new problems quickly and to seize their opportunities. Problems can be caused, for example, by inefficient processes, by a lack of communication culture or even if IT systems don't meet the requirements of the company and its stakeholders. In times of digitization and permanent change airline organizations therefore need a certain expertise to survive successful on the market. This is where Business Analysis and Requirements Engineering come in.

Future Ramp (Part 3): Digitalize Your Turnaround Management

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2019, 7:13
Punctual turnarounds have become a critical factor for success for airline operations, though it is still a relatively uncharted territory for many airlines. Therefore it shall be part of any airlines digitalization strategy.  The biggest obstacle however is the laborious gathering of the necessary data. “Turnaround Management 3.0” might be a solution.

How to manage business transformation in CAMO/MRO projects

Wednesday, Jan 09, 2019, 13:05
Coping with ambiguous regulations and effects of digitalization: Please read this blog that describes the challenges for airlines’ CAMO/MRO organizations and how CAMO/MRO consulting can support

Real-time Slot Management with Web Services

Monday, Dec 10, 2018, 10:30
More and more airports become slot coordinated nowadays – but two obstacles apply hereby: First, this information exchange between airlines and airport coordinator is still done manually on an email base. Second, this process produces useless waste response times. The solution for the first deal breaker are slot management tools. The solution for the second obstacle are web services, which is the main topic for the following blog.

How to successfully make conduct a large IT transformation: Insights

Thursday, Nov 29, 2018, 14:08
From a project management point of view a big IT transformation project contains the three important steps: (1) Assessment of the current processes and data flows, (2) Description of the (target-) IT architecture and (3) Definition and documentation of the requirements. In this blog we would like to provide you with some insights, as each of these steps may contain some tripping hazards. 

Low Cost Carrier at the End of the Happy Road

Tuesday, Nov 20, 2018, 16:22
Low Cost Carriers (LCC) revolutionized the airline world. They successfully challenged the legacy airlines. But success also creates new challenges. The happy road, where LCCs have just dictated the game, may have come to an end. Many new questions need to be answered soon by the LCCs to continue on their (happy) road of success.

Are you NDC-ready? If not, you better read this!

Monday, Oct 22, 2018, 9:23
With its expected industrialization by 2021 in view, it is really worth to consider the benefits of NDC now – for any airline of any size and business model. It enables you as an airline to transform the way your products are retailed to your business and leisure travelers with full and rich content, and into a rewarding shopping experience for your customers. It also enables you to streamline your fulfillment processes, allowing for more transparency and flexibility.

Future Ramp: How to create a good Ramp Agent Dashboard (Part 2)

Thursday, Oct 18, 2018, 13:27
Future Ramp: In part 2 my blog sequence “How to create a good Ramp Agent Dashboard” I add five more recommendations for a professional Ramp Agent Dashboard design. If you like to hear more about the Ramp Agent Workspace Solution approach, come and listen to my presentation in one week at the Airline & Aerospace MRO & Flight Operations IT Conference APAC, Bangkok, Thailand

Consider me as your Date! How to improve the Passenger Travel Experience simply and cost-free!

Wednesday, Sep 26, 2018, 8:21
Nowadays airlines are moving very fast forward when digitalizing the passenger travel experience. However, sometimes the “basic” things get somehow out of focus, while re-designing and digitalizing the passenger experience processes. Let me explain you here, what I mean.

What are the benefits of Network Management Consulting Services? Put simply – more money.

Thursday, Sep 20, 2018, 5:18
Some airlines tend to focus on schedule management and flight operations topics only. This is a consequence of pragmatism. However wrong network decisions only come to light months later, when someone looks at the balance sheet. This musn´t be. Please read here why.

Managing a Patchwork: Airlines in Consolidation

Friday, Sep 14, 2018, 12:22
In order to survive in today's dynamic market, airlines need a full array of flexible tools, scalable from very local activities to global changes of structure. Partnering and consolidation are the answers to this. But entering this fields is higly complex. Let me explain you, why.

The OCC-“Allrounder” or the “eierlegende Wollmilchsau”

Sunday, Sep 02, 2018, 22:00
Often organizations are stuck in their old structures in times of fast growth, often manpower and resources are limited, sometimes a “we always did it like that” policy prevents required adjustments to changing environments. It is time for a change.

How to achieve Automation in Load Control (Part 4 of 7): Automated Messaging

Tuesday, Jul 03, 2018, 9:15
Automated messaging is an important and in parts also mandatory part of Load Control. It is the transmission of (necessary) Load Control information, messages and documents that need to be delivered to other Load Control stakeholders for further processing. Please read in this blog, what kind of messages shall ideally be triggered automatically.

“Use it or lose it”-Rule & Strikes: Do I always lose it, when not use it?

Monday, May 28, 2018, 5:45
Currently many airlines face a lot of problems again: Strikes among Air Traffic Control, public sector, pilots, etc.: Different strike reasons, but same effect: The airlines are forced to do flight cancellations and adjustments. The important question here is: Does a cancellation /adjustment as a result of a strike - no matter what reason – always have the same effect on the grandfather rights?

How can you build up a robust schedule in Flight Scheduling? (Part 3 of 3)

Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 8:57
How do you balance punctuality vs. productivity? Please read the third and final part of the joint blog of my three colleagues and I, where we share five approaches towards minimizing propagated delays and increasing aircraft utilization by robust scheduling.

Future Ramp: Digitalize Your Ramp!

Thursday, Apr 19, 2018, 15:13
Are you a digitalized airline? I am sure, you will say “Yes” or “We are just transforming”. I totally agree with you, when looking at the area of the passenger travel experience. But do your digitalization activities also include the ramp? If not, I would like to invite you to follow this blog series about the “Future Ramp”.

How can you build up a robust schedule in Flight Scheduling? (Part 2 of 3)

Thursday, Mar 01, 2018, 7:40
How do you balance punctuality vs. productivity? Within this three-part joint blog sequence my three colleagues and I share five approaches towards minimizing propagated delays and increasing aircraft utilization by robust scheduling.

How can you build up a robust schedule in Flight Scheduling? (Part 1 of 3)

Thursday, Jan 18, 2018, 7:21
How do you balance punctuality vs. productivity? Within this joint three-part blog sequence my three colleagues and I share five approaches towards minimizing propagated delays and increasing aircraft utilization by robust scheduling.

How to achieve Automation in Load Control (Part 1 of 7)

Wednesday, Nov 15, 2017, 8:19
A high level of automation is one, if not the most important objective for Load Control organizations within airlines. In this blog I speak about selected automation triggers that might help a airlines to identify fields of improvement within their Weight & Balance department.

Lufthansa Systems White Paper: Airline Turnaround Management

Thursday, Feb 16, 2017, 10:31
Are suffering of delays because you don´t know what is happening with your aircraft on the ground?  Then carefully read this White Paper about Turnaround Management.

Improve your Load Control efficiency (4): Why the auto-load button doesn´t always make your life easier….

Thursday, Nov 24, 2016, 12:18
In Load Control automation can be described as the use of system support to simplify processes. But it appears that the benefits gained through automation are perceived differently between the management and the user level. It is the management’s task to take these gaps into consideration when deciding to make their load control department more efficient through automation support.  

Improve your Load Control efficiency (3): Why culture matters!

Monday, Jul 11, 2016, 5:46
Buying "a fully automated" Load Control Solution seems to be for many airlines the perfect ultimate key to achieve increased productivity. But looking in a more holistic way on this topic, I found out, that cultural influence in work organizations plays a much more important role, than one might believe. Moreover: Culture most often can´t be “seen”. But it is there!  

Why Revenue Accounting is a Corporate Asset - Lufthansa Systems White Paper

Wednesday, Jun 08, 2016, 8:40
Today's revenue accounting department not only automates the revenue accounting transaction process; it can reinvent the airline business. It can be viewed as a corporate asset. The goal of this Lufthansa Systems White Paper for Revenue Accounting is to show how Revenue Accounting can provide significant unexploited potential for profitable business engagement by extracting information that can have a major impact on an airline's profitability. I am looking forward to hearing your feedback. 

Why do pro-active Hub Management?

Tuesday, Apr 19, 2016, 8:42
Why do pro-active Hub Management? Proactive Hub Management delivers enormous benefits to ensure passenger satisfaction, strengthen an airline’s brand and save a significant amount of money. The goal of this White Paper for Hub Management is to suggest an initial approach to what Hub Management is about, what it can do and why it is especially of value for network-oriented carriers nowadays.

Improve Your Load Control Efficiency (2) - Correct Usage of the System

Tuesday, Apr 05, 2016, 11:01
You probably have experienced the following situation while using Microsoft Word®: You are in hurry, because you need this 30-page document to be ready by tomorrow. But instead of creating first a style sheet, you – because you have forgotten how to create a style sheet – try to save time by simply typing the whole text into a blank document. Afterwards you bring it into the desired design by formatting it manually.

Improve your efficiency. Thoughts at the beginning of the year

Tuesday, Feb 02, 2016, 10:57
How can we be more efficient? Probably one of the most stated goals in airline business nowadays. With this initial blog I would like to start a series of future blogs that shall give a more holistic approach towards this important business goal.