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Jul 01, 2019

Lufthansa Systems today announced that Dr. Thomas Wittmann will take over as one of two CEOs of Lufthansa Systems as of July 1.

Lufthansa Systems today announced that Dr. Thomas Wittmann will take over as one of two CEOs of Lufthansa Systems as of July 1. In this role he will be responsible for all production and technology issues in the company and the close collaboration with the IT organization of the Lufthansa Group. He will lead the company together with CEO Olivier Krueger, who has held his CEO position since 2015.

Dr. Wittmann began his career in the Lufthansa Group in 1995 at Lufthansa Systems after earning a doctorate in physics. In his more than 20 years with the aviation group, he has held various IT management positions in Commercial Solutions and Operations Solutions as well as in technical domains. He has also overseen major IT transformations as a project manager, including the implementation of a modern passenger service system.

“I am delighted to have Dr. Thomas Wittmann by my side as an experienced and competent fellow CEO with an excellent understanding of both the aviation industry and current digitalization issues,” said Olivier Krueger, CEO of Lufthansa Systems.

Dr. Wittmann is succeeding Stefan Auerbach, who took on a new position at Eurowings on May 1. 

Caption (Copyright: Jürgen Mai): Dr. Thomas Wittmann completes the dual management set-up at Lufthansa Systems.

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About Lufthansa Systems
Lufthansa Systems GmbH & Co. KG is a leading airline IT provider. Based on long-term project experience, a deep understanding of complex business processes and strong technological know-how, the company provides consulting and IT services for the global aviation industry. More than 350 customers worldwide rely on the know-how of IT specialists at Lufthansa Systems. Its portfolio covers innovative IT products and services which provide added value for its customers in terms of enhanced efficiency, reduced costs or increased profits. Headquartered in Raunheim near Frankfurt/Main, Germany, Lufthansa Systems has offices in 16 other countries.

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Jun 24, 2019

Successful cooperation between Lufthansa Systems and GE Aviation | First demo presentation at the Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) Users Forum in Chicago

Successful cooperation between Lufthansa Systems and GE Aviation | First demo presentation at the Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) Users Forum in Chicago

Lufthansa Systems and GE Aviation are the first providers in the aviation market to offer a solution that allows for the inflight synchronization of the flight plan between the GE Aviation flight management system (FMS) and Lufthansa Systemsʼ Lido pilot applications directly on-aircraft. The first demonstration of the connected FMS using operational use cases will be presented this week at the EFB Users Forum in Chicago (June 25 – 27). The new FMS feature will be available following a software update from GE Aviation.

“Integrating solutions and taking advantage of the opportunities provided by digitalization and connectivity to help airlines achieve total mission optimization (TMO) is at the core of the Lido vision. Utilizing the capabilities of a connected FMS is one of the first major building blocks in achieving this vision,” said Dr. Bernd Jurisch, Head of Flight & Navigation Products & Solutions at Lufthansa Systems.

Flight crews rely on flight-operational information available in their EFB devices in various applications, which today is typically entered manually into the FMS. Inflight, the FMS manages the flight plan by computing an optimal trajectory and provides pilots with guidance along the computed trajectory. The manual entering of data into the FMS during pre-flight preparations or inflight can lead to partially hazardous consequences if entered incorrectly.

Lufthansa Systems, in cooperation with GE Aviation, are the first providers in the market to make use of the capabilities of a connected FMS. The new solution has an interface that enables the Lido Pilot Solutions to read flight-plan data processed by the FMS and send flight-plan information from the EFB to the FMS. “Utilizing capabilities of a connected FMS is a true milestone for digital navigation in aviation, because it automates the daily manual data entry processes of pilots, which are quite prone to error, and enables the data flow between different applications,” said Jurisch. “This synchronization of valuable flight-relevant data between the FMS and pilot applications reduces pilots’ workload and greatly improves their situational awareness, while also significantly mitigating errors through incorporated cross checks that are even graphically visible for the crew.”

The first demo of the connected FMS focuses on the bi-directional data integration. First, before takeoff, flight plans can be sent from the Lido Pilot Solutions to the FMS where they are automatically loaded. Second, manual changes during a flight, for example due to air-traffic control instructions or to circumnavigate bad weather, are automatically transferred to the mapping applications where the route is graphically displayed in real time. The use cases from this demo are just the start; there are many other potential applications that will significantly reduce the pilots’ workload.

“GE Aviation and Lufthansa Systems collaboration creates innovative capabilities and value for our joint airline customers, while positioning our products to support future reduced crew operations and SESAR/NexGEN initiatives,” said Gary Thelen, Director, FMS Product Management at GE Aviation. “With this joint development, we are opening up entirely new possibilities on the flight deck.”

The EFB Users Forum takes place twice a year and is one of the most important events in the EFB industry. At the event, hardware and software providers demonstrate their latest developments and discuss the technical and operational trends surrounding the Electronic Flight Bag with airlines and other relevant industry representatives.

Andreas Medlhammer, Product Owner for Lido/eRouteManual at Lufthansa Systems, and Gary Thelen, Director – FMS Product Management at GE Aviation, will demonstrate the collaborative development during their presentation of “A Connected FMS in an evolving EFB landscape” at the upcoming EFB Users Forum. The presentation will take place on Wednesday, June 26, in Session 2: Security and Connectivity, starting at 1:30pm.
 

Caption (Copyright: Lufthansa Systems): Lufthansa Systems, in cooperation with GE Aviation, are the first providers in the market to make use of the capabilities of a connected FMS.

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About Lufthansa Systems
Lufthansa Systems GmbH & Co. KG is a leading airline IT provider. Based on long-term project experience, a deep understanding of complex business processes and strong technological know-how, the company provides consulting and IT services for the global aviation industry. More than 350 customers worldwide rely on the know-how of IT specialists at Lufthansa Systems. Its portfolio covers innovative IT products and services which provide added value for its customers in terms of enhanced efficiency, reduced costs or increased profits. Headquartered in Raunheim near Frankfurt/Main, Germany, Lufthansa Systems has offices in 16 other countries.

About GE Aviation
GE Aviation, an operating unit of GE (NYSE: GE), is a world-leading provider of jet and turboprop engines, components, digital solutions, avionics and electrical power for commercial, military, business and general aviation aircraft. GE Aviation has a global service network to support these offerings and is part of the world's Digital Industrial Company with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. For more information, visit http://www.ge.com/aviation. Follow GE Aviation on Twitter at http://twitter.com/GEAviation and YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/GEAviation

 

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Jun 13, 2019

Lufthansa Systems is currently engaged in various AI initiatives and projects covering flight scheduling, turnaround processes and passenger apps 

Lufthansa Systems is currently engaged in various AI initiatives and projects covering flight scheduling, turnaround processes and passenger apps 

Air traffic is growing at an average annual rate of five percent. In 2035 around 40,000 aircraft will share the airspace – twice as many as today. Already today there are sometimes bottlenecks, in the air as well as on the ground. This can lead to delays or even flight cancellations, resulting in frustrated passengers and high costs for the airlines. To meet these challenges, the industry is looking for solutions based on artificial intelligence (AI). As one of the world’s leading airline IT specialists, Lufthansa Systems is involved in various projects in this field.

“Artificial intelligence is almost ubiquitous today, and its potential is huge. This is why we have been working on this topic for years,” explained Mubashir A. Tariq, Head of Innovation and Portfolio Management at Lufthansa Systems. “AI solutions are based on the extensive data that is already available from the many different solutions used by Lufthansa Systems’ broad international customer base. The aim is to make even more effective use of the limited resources available without compromising the stability of the systems”.

The trick is to use this data in a smart and practical way. Lufthansa Systems founded a subsidiary in 2015 to handle this. zeroG employs around 50 data scientists and data engineers. They are highly sought-after experts in the field of intelligent data use and the development of AI solutions, and they also have a deep understanding of airline processes. In all of their AI projects, Lufthansa Systems and zeroG involve their customers in the development process early on in order to adapt the solutions to specific conditions and work with the widest possible range of real data.

Deep Turnaround is all about avoiding delays in ground operations, specifically the turnaround process. Using video recording, an algorithm analyzes the turnaround process (e.g., passengers disembarking, cleaning starts, catering on site, fuel trucks missing) and keeps everyone updated on the current status in real time. If necessary, the parties involved can take measures to speed up the process or counteract any bottlenecks to ensure a punctual turnaround.

The aiOCC project is investigating how to simplify the work of ops controllers. In collaboration with zeroG, an AI solution is being developed which analyzes historical data and uses the findings to suggest ways of optimally adjusting current flight operations in the event of irregularities. Machine learning is also being used here, meaning that the system continually learns and gets smarter the longer it runs. aiOCC is now in an early research phase with selected customers of NetLine/Ops ++.

Intelligent network planning is the focus of a research project carried out with Lufthansa Group Hub Airlines and zeroG. AI will be used to analyze the behavior of revenue management systems in order to make forecasts for optimal network planning.

To improve the digital passenger experience, Lufthansa Systems has developed a mobile SDK for integration in passenger apps which calculates waiting times at airports using an AI-based prediction model. This makes it easier for passengers to plan how much time they need to reach the gate. The inTime SDK can be easily integrated into any existing passenger app offered by an airline.

“The various concepts are being developed and tested together with airlines,” Tariq said. “From our perspective, AI will fundamentally change the way software solutions are developed. Instead of programming fixed or parameterized business processes, the algorithms of the future will be derived from data. AI-based technologies are paving the way for the digital future.”


Caption (Copyright: alphaspirit/Shutterstock.com): Lufthansa Systems addresses the topic of AI in various initiatives and projects in close cooperation with their customers

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About Lufthansa Systems
Lufthansa Systems GmbH & Co. KG is a leading airline IT provider. Based on long-term project experience, a deep understanding of complex business processes and strong technological know-how, the company provides consulting and IT services for the global aviation industry. More than 350 customers worldwide rely on the know-how of IT specialists at Lufthansa Systems. Its portfolio covers innovative IT products and services which provide added value for its customers in terms of enhanced efficiency, reduced costs or increased profits. Headquartered in Raunheim near Frankfurt/Main, Germany, Lufthansa Systems has offices in 16 other countries.

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Jun 06, 2019

Recognized as Corporate Brand of the Year 2019 and in the “Excellent Brands – Corporate Services” category

Recognized as Corporate Brand of the Year 2019 and in the “Excellent Brands – Corporate Services” category

Lufthansa Systems received two German Brand Awards yesterday evening in Berlin for its new and integrated brand identity. In addition to winning the Corporate Brand of the Year 2019 award, the airline IT provider also garnered a second award in the “Excellent Brands – Corporate Services” category. Both prizes recognize the outstanding cross-industry brand management in the competition’s most prestigious categories. Excellent Brands also honors the best product and corporate brands in an industry.

Lufthansa Systems̕ new brand identity aims to further increase the company’s visibility in the aviation market and enhance the brand’s emotional appeal with expressive messages and a modern look. “We are delighted to have been selected in what are the two most important categories for us. Our bold step to make extensive changes to the brand image at the beginning of the year has been rewarded,” said Olivier Krüger, CEO Lufthansa Systems, who accepted both awards yesterday evening together with Ansgar Lübbehusen, Head of Marketing & Communications. “Lufthansa Systems is an innovative company with extensive expertise in the airline IT sector. It was important for us to underpin this with our new brand identity and thus distinguish ourselves from the competition.”

The German Brand Award has been presented by the German Design Council and the German Brand Institute since 2016 to recognize successful brands, consistent brand management and sustainable brand communication. Lufthansa Systems already won two awards in 2017 – most notably for its redesigned brand center.

“We want Lufthansa Systems to become a special and unique brand without forgetting our roots within the Lufthansa family. In this process, we adopt an integrated brand approach because just changing our design was not enough for us. We use our new image story “We are into IT” to vividly and emotionally set us apart from the competition. Our new image has great recall value and conveys uniqueness and modernity. It is a tremendous honor for us that the expert jury has come to a similar conclusion,” said Ansgar Lübbehusen, Head of Marketing & Communications at Lufthansa Systems.

All nominated companies had to pass a review process with experts from companies, scientific institutions and agencies. To win a German Brand Award, companies need to meet as many criteria as possible in areas such as brand presentation and differentiation.

Find out more about Lufthansa Systems̕ new brand identity in the Brand Center:
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Picture description (Copyright: Lutz Sternstein): Olivier Krueger, CEO of Lufthansa Systems (right), and Ansgar Lübbehusen, Head of Marketing & Communications (left), accept the awards for Lufthansa Systems at the German Brand Award 2019.

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German Design Council – the initiator
The German Design Council is an independent and internationally active institution that supports companies in the efficient communication of design and brand expertise while enhancing the general public’s understanding of design. Established as a foundation in 1953 on the initiative of the German Bundestag by the Federation of German Industries (BDI) and several leading companies, the German Design Council (“Rat für Formgebung”) promotes design and brands with its competitions, exhibitions, conferences, seminars and publications. The membership base of the German Design Council currently comprises more than 300 domestic and foreign companies. www.german-design-council.de


German Brand Institute – the promoter
The German Brand Institute Foundation was established jointly by the German Design Council and GMK Markenberatung. Its aim is to strengthen the importance of the brand as a key success factor for companies in national and international competition. The German Brand Awards are the foundation’s unique prizes for outstanding brand management. www.german-brand-award.com


About Lufthansa Systems
Lufthansa Systems GmbH & Co. KG is a leading airline IT provider. Based on long-term project experience, a deep understanding of complex business processes and strong technological know-how, the company provides consulting and IT services for the global aviation industry. More than 350 customers worldwide rely on the know-how of IT specialists at Lufthansa Systems. Its portfolio covers innovative IT products and services which provide added value for its customers in terms of enhanced efficiency, reduced costs or increased profits. Headquartered in Raunheim near Frankfurt/Main, Germany, Lufthansa Systems has offices in 16 other countries.

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