Commercial Planning

The need to inform and to be informed

Wednesday, Feb 17, 2021, 15:38
Massive flight changes and cancellations are ubiquitous. Schedule volatility is increasing around the globe. No airline is able to create its schedule on a seasonal base. Even in stable conditions, getting timely schedule information is a challenge. During a pandemic, it is needed more than ever.

Codeshare synchronization within the major alliances (version 2020)

Friday, Dec 04, 2020, 12:39
A codeshare agreement between two partnering airlines requires mutual consent on processes and a regular schedule data exchange. In the crisis, these process arrangements are put to test.

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.

Slot Management: How we at Lufthansa Systems support our customers in times of Covid-19 (Part 1/2)

Wednesday, Sep 09, 2020, 5:39
Successful remote cutover of the Lufthansa Systems Slot Management Suite and provision of a full Initial Submission Service for Italian leisure carrier Neos.

Codeshare business will boost in the “New Normal”

Wednesday, Jul 22, 2020, 7:11
Airlines all around the globe continuously are planning how their network should look like during and after the crisis. They had and they still have to reduce not only the frequency to specific destinations, they also have aircraft on the ground and ceased operations to some destinations overall.

How to trim your schedule & codeshare management for the recovery to the “New Normal”

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2020, 13:02
The pandemic is having a worldwide effect. Nearly every economy has to fight with the negative impacts. The aviation sector in particular is very badly affected by the crisis. Airlines get away from the traditional seasonal-based schedule planning to a more agile way. What does it mean for schedule and codeshare management?

Covid-19: Impacts to MinCTs and connection building

Wednesday, May 27, 2020, 5:55
Airlines and airports have to consider measures to minimize the transmission of COVID-19 between travelers, airport staff and crew members. These actions may increase the time passengers have to spend at the airport before they board a flight or while waiting for the connecting flight.

How a powerful schedule and codeshare management system supports even in times of crisis

Tuesday, Apr 07, 2020, 14:12
Schedules are basically subject to frequent and permanent changes. Especially nowadays, in times of crisis, quick action and re-action are indispensable. But does your system or does your established process support this kind of flexibility and mass data processing? 

Multithreading – How we made the world’s fastet Network Planning tool even faster

Thursday, Mar 05, 2020, 13:09
In addition to transparency and accuracy, the evaluation of new routes is primarily about speed: changes in the market must be responded to quickly, new routes must be evaluated at record speed. Of course this requires the use of modern technology. In this blog I will explain what Multithreading is and how our NetLine/Plan customers benefit from it.

On the AGIFORS board – and around the world

Wednesday, Sep 25, 2019, 6:53
Interview with Judith Semar Judith Semar is Product Line Manager for NetLine at Lufthansa Systems. Since January 2019, she has also been chair of the AGIFORS Airline Operations Study Group. In the following interview, Judith tells us what this means and how she is getting to know airliners and aviation professionals from all over the world.  

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.

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.

Codeshare synchronization within the major alliances (version 2019)

Wednesday, Jun 12, 2019, 6:02
Being in a partnership with other airlines means that the airline has to inform its partners about all own schedule updates in time, and the partner has to react and reflect the impact of the partner’s schedule updates in its own schedule as well. We created a schedule analysis of the members of Star Alliance, Oneworld and Skyteam regarding their codeshare agreements. Read here what we found out.

Automation strategies within the Initial Submission process (Part 2 of 2)

Wednesday, May 08, 2019, 6:30
Efficient management of airport slots is very challenging nowadays. Air traffic grows and so does the amount of fully coordinated airports. This makes the Initial Submission more and more complex. This blog is therefore about automation strategies within this important Slot Management process.

Automation strategies within the Initial Submission process (Part 1 of 2)

Wednesday, Apr 17, 2019, 6:22
Efficient management of airport slots is very challenging nowadays. Air traffic grows and so does the amount of fully coordinated airports. Especially during the Initial Submission airlines needs to be sure to achieve an optimum slot utilization. Automation can support here tremendously.  

What is important in doing codeshare (5)

Tuesday, Apr 09, 2019, 6:16
Partnerships between airlines are common more than ever. Each partner has its own perception of how the best synergies can be reached in a partnership. This belief is usually based on their own experience, the available knowledge, established processes and used tools. But in a partnership, both parties have to act as team together to be successful and to generate the ideal synergies for all parties. In a series of several articles in our LSY blog, we’ll illuminate the various business steps how both partners can generate the best advantages out of their mutual partnership.

What is important in doing codeshare (4)

Wednesday, Mar 13, 2019, 12:36
Partnerships between airlines are common more than ever. Each partner has its own perception of how the best synergies can be reached in a partnership. This belief is usually based on their own experience, the available knowledge, established processes and used tools. But in a partnership, both parties have to act as team together to be successful and to generate the ideal synergies for all parties. In a series of several articles in our LSY blog, we’ll illuminate the various business steps how both partners can generate the best advantages out of their mutual partnership.

…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.

What is important in doing codeshare (3)

Wednesday, Feb 13, 2019, 7:00
Partnerships between airlines are common more than ever. Each partner has its own perception of how the best synergies can be reached in a partnership. This belief is usually based on their own experience, the available knowledge, established processes and used tools. But in a partnership, both parties have to act as team together to be successful and to generate the ideal synergies for all parties. In a series of several articles in our LSY blog, we’ll illuminate the various business steps how both partners can generate the best advantages out of their mutual partnership.

What is important in doing codeshare (2)

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2019, 7:20
Partnerships between airlines are common more than ever. Each partner has its own perception of how the best synergies can be reached in a partnership. This belief is usually based on their own experience, the available knowledge, established processes and used tools. But in a partnership, both parties have to act as team together to be successful and to generate the ideal synergies for all parties. In a series of several articles in our LSY blog, we’ll illuminate the various business steps how both partners can generate the best advantages out of their mutual partnership.

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.

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.

What is important in doing codeshare (1)

Monday, Nov 12, 2018, 6:29
Partnerships between airlines are common more than ever. Each partner has its own perception of how the best synergies can be reached in a partnership. This belief is usually based on their own experience, the available knowledge, established processes and used tools. But in a partnership, both parties have to act as team together to be successful and to generate the ideal synergies for all parties. In a series of several articles in our LSY blog, we’ll illuminate the various business steps how both partners can generate the best advantages out of their mutual partnership.

“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.

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.

Importance of a centralized system in an airline partnership

Monday, Jul 10, 2017, 12:18
Codeshare agreements, joint-ventures, mergers or airline groups – partnerships between two or more airlines are more and more common. The closer they work together, the more significant is the adjustment of their doing among each other. The alignment of processes is important in the same way as the selection of the right technical support and even the usage of the same underlying reference data – relevant factors so that differences in schedule information can be minimized.

IATA’s NDC initiative paves the way for the next evolutionary step in Airline Revenue Management and Pricing

Wednesday, Aug 03, 2016, 8:27
The success of Amazon or Netflix proves that shopping experience, personalized offers and transparency of offers are key success factors for retailers, when searching for a flight. I miss the same kind of shopping experience, when searching for a flight.

Best practice in Codeshare Management

Thursday, Jul 07, 2016, 9:13
As the airline industry is among one of the most competitive, airlines often enter into codeshare agreements - whereby partners mutually agree on common routes and flight numbers to generate additional revenue and improve operating margins.A well planned and executed codeshare can translate into several million EUR resp. USD of additional revenue (or profit) per year, however this is only realized in daily business when a working process of how to reflect the codeshare agreements into two or more partners’ schedules is defined.  

Network Planning: IATA Direct Data Solutions Forum 2016

Tuesday, Apr 05, 2016, 14:00
We`ve just spent two exiting days at the IATA Direct Data Solutions (DDS) Forum in Bangkok discussing the advantages for airlines cooperating with IATA DDS. If you have missed this, you will get a second chance to learn more about it by joining the second DDS conference this year. It will take place at the Hyatt/Regency in Mainz, near Frankfurt/Germany on the 26.-27. April 2016.

Codeshare Management: Obstacles to getting it right!

Thursday, Feb 18, 2016, 10:24
You read in the news nearly every day that airlines agree on closer co-operation and announce new codeshares on certain routes and markets. Codeshare agreements are used to virtually extend your own operational network by adding new destinations.  By connecting to your partner’s network and markets you will attract more of your partner’s passengers to your own flights. It is an easy way to grow, or maintain the status quo, without increasing your operational costs.