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Nov 15, 2017

Open-plan offices in an energy-efficient building to encourage interaction and communication

Open-plan offices in an energy-efficient building to encourage interaction and communication

Tradition meets the future: Over the past months, the new Lufthansa Systems company headquarters have taken shape at Airport Garden in Raunheim near Frankfurt. Open-plan workspaces have been created to promote communication and teamwork between the around 800 employees in the modern new building.

“We involved our employees early on in the planning of the new building and worked with them to create a new and inspiring environment. All employees will work in open-plan offices. This improves communication and supports the introduction of a flexible workplace model, which also promotes cooperation on various teams and projects,” said Stefan Auerbach, CEO of Lufthansa Systems.

The new building offers a total of 18,000 square meters of gross floor space which is rented by Deutsche Lufthansa AG and sublet to its subsidiaries Lufthansa Systems and Lufthansa Industry Solutions. Lufthansa Industry Solutions is headquartered in Norderstedt and has 200 employees in Raunheim. A cafeteria with around 300 seats and a parking garage with roughly 400 parking places have been built on the property across from the building. The cafeteria, which is operated by the Lufthansa subsidiary LZ Catering and can be used by other companies at Airport Garden, is located in the historical building that once housed the Resart-Ihm leather factory.

“At Airport Garden we benefit from good transport connections and close proximity to the airport, which gives us access to the headquarters of the Lufthansa Group and our around 300 airline customers worldwide,” said Olivier Krüger, CEO of Lufthansa Systems.

Employees will start moving into the main building this week, as planned.

The new address is: Lufthansa Systems GmbH & Co. KG, Am Messeplatz 1, 65479 Raunheim. An official opening party for all employees is planned for early March 2018, after the move is complete.

 

Caption (Copyright: Lufthansa Systems):
The around 100-meter-wide building front faces the trade fair grounds.
In addition to open offices, the new building offers numerous opportunities for dialogue and exchange.


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. Over 300 airlines 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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Nov 07, 2017

Lufthansa Systems will participate in activities of Cockpit Innovation’s investment fund

Lufthansa Systems will participate in activities of Cockpit Innovation’s investment fund

Cockpit Innovation, the high-tech investment arm of EL AL Israel Airlines, and Lufthansa Systems announced the formation of a unique strategic partnership in the realm of aviation and travel entrepreneurship. Under the new partnership, Lufthansa Systems will support with identifying and cultivating breakthrough startup technologies. Furthermore the company will play a major role in the process of locating and selecting startups to cooperate with Cockpit, by sending experts from the company to work with the startups on relevant developments.

Lufthansa Systems’ goal is to partner with promising startups in the aviation and travel industry through the Cockpit Fund activities and then connect the entrepreneurs and their innovative technologies with the industry’s leading airlines. Cockpit has invested so far in seven companies from a variety of fields such as AI, Big Data, communications and fintech (financial technology) that create new, high-quality value for customers and enhance the efficiency of airlines and other sectors in the industry. Among the portfolio are 30secondstofly, Routier and Bidflyer.  

In addition, Cockpit recently became a key investor in the second fundraising round of AeroCRS, in which the startup raised more than NIS 1 million. AeroCRS developed a platform based on an advanced SaaS (Software as a Service) model that enables airlines to set up and manage their entire digital operations, distribution and sales system within a short time – sometimes within few days. AeroCRS currently serves more than 50 airlines around the world.

Henry Chen Weinstein, CEO at Cockpit, says: “The right partnerships have proved themselves as innovation catalysts. We are constantly working to expand Cockpit’s global ecosystem. The connection between Cockpit and a leader in the worldwide industry such as Lufthansa Systems is undoubtedly a major achievement on the path toward the ability to invest in and support startups that focus on additional sectors in the industry on a global scale.”

Stefan Auerbach, CEO at Lufthansa Systems, added: “We are delighted being part of this unique digital travel and aviation collaboration for entrepreneurs. The core of our company strategy is to put airlines in a perfect position for the digital future. Together, we will become true sources of potential and inspiration for innovative ideas”

 

About Cockpit
Cockpit is the first industry venture fund with the mission to seek out, support and invest in entrepreneurs with disruptive technologies in digital travel, aviation and aerospace.

As a global player, Cockpit Innovation serves as a bridge between the startup community and leading players of the air-travel industry, all over the world. As part of the EL AL Group, Cockpit is committed to ventures re-inventing air travel through innovation. By creating unique international channels for entrepreneurs, Cockpit startups get a first class opportunity to pilot ideas, and a chance to introduce products to Cockpit’s stakeholders and partners around the world. Cockpit’s portfolio companies receive a real opportunity for a first enterprise client, resources and strong international network, supporting startups all the way toward global deployment of their innovative ventures.

For further information, please visit www.cockpitinnovation.com 
Contact: Omer Refael, Omer@shalomtelaviv.com, +972-54-8187245

 

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. Over 300 airlines 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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Oct 26, 2017

Further convergence of successful Lido product lines from airline IT specialist

Further convergence of successful Lido product lines from airline IT specialist

Lufthansa Systems today announced that it is developing a new generation of flight planning and navigation solutions following the slogan #takeoffwithlido. The proven Lido/Flight 4D (flight planning), Lido/Navigation (navigation solutions) and Lido/Performance (flight performance calculation) product lines will become even more integrated, providing airlines a seamless digital process across all flight operations – from flight planning to an aircraft’s parking position at its destination. Lufthansa Systems emphasizes its role as a market player that is independent from aircraft manufacturers, which enables it to offer a standardized solution for all of an airline’s different aircraft types.

“Digitalization is affecting the entire aviation industry. We see this in the flight planning and navigation process in particular. Everything is becoming increasingly dynamic and data-driven. Paper maps are being replaced by state-of-the-art apps. New technologies such as in-flight connectivity offer the opportunity to display tactical real-time data such as weather, airspace and traffic information. This is precisely where our integrated Lido solutions come in,” explained Dr. Bernd Jurisch, who took over as head of the Lido product lines at Lufthansa Systems in October.

The mutual exchange of data is a key benefit to using Lido products for flight planning and navigation. This is because Lido provides the same information to everyone involved in flight operations – both in the air and on the ground – in situations such as an approach with poor visibility, for example. The information seen by pilots on their Lido/Navigation maps is based on the same data as the information available to the flight planner. This means the pilot and flight planner can coordinate the minimal decision height more safely and efficiently when choosing an alternate airport and make well-founded decisions in critical situations – such as whether a landing should be aborted or not.

The shared database is also used when acute meteorological phenomena demand a change to the planned route. New information can also be conveyed to pilots immediately during a flight. All of this not only saves time, it also improves safety.

During normal flight operations, too, the solutions work together seamlessly. Dispatchers can use Lido/Flight 4D to calculate the best route for a specific flight based on all flight-related data. Pilots can access this briefing information online. Thanks to the seamless integration of the products, Chart Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs) can also be added to the flight plans of Lido/Flight 4D. At the same time, information from the ATS flight plan can be uploaded and displayed in the mobile map solution that the pilots use for navigation. This covers departure, destination and alternate airports, takeoff and landing procedures, and waypoints along the route.

Lufthansa Systems additionally offers solutions for calculating and monitoring flight performance. These help airlines keep track of the continually changing obstacle situation at airports so they can adapt their departure procedures accordingly and optimize their fuel consumption for flight planning. The Lido product suite thus offers the perfect portfolio for an airline’s entire flight operations.

 

Overview of the Lido product suite:

Lido/Flight 4D

  • Lido/Flight 4D – Flight planning solution

Lido/Performance

  • Lido/AirportObstacleData – Airport-specific obstacle database with departure procedures
  • Lido/TakeOff & Lido/Landing – Calculation of optimal flight performance for takeoff and landing
  • Lido/APM – Service for comparing target/actual performance data (aircraft performance monitoring)

Lido/Navigation

  • Lido/FMS – Navigation data for flight management systems
  • Lido/SkyData – ARINC 424 data
  • Lido/SurfaceData – Full-coverage obstacle database
  • Lido/RouteManual – Paper-based navigation maps
  • Lido/eRouteManual – Windows-based app for navigation maps
  • Lido/mPilot – iOS-based app for navigation maps
  • Lido/AMM – Airport Moving Map
  • Lido/AMDB – Geo-referenced database for airports

 

The “Take-off with Lido” video describes the phases of flight operations that can be controlled smartly and efficiently using Lido products. https://youtu.be/RLFvM3iJsuQ

Caption (Copyright: Lufthansa Systems): The Lido product suite from Lufthansa Systems offers the perfect solution for every phase of flight operations – from gate to gate.

More information on Lido can be found online at https://www.lhsystems.com/solutions/flight-navigation-solutions 

 

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. Over 300 airlines 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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Oct 19, 2017

Lufthansa Systems supplies avionics manufacturer with high-precision obstacle data

Lufthansa Systems supplies avionics manufacturer with high-precision obstacle data

Avionics manufacturer Honeywell is using the Lido/SurfaceData obstacle database from Lufthansa Systems as an additional data pool for its warning systems. Enhanced ground proximity warning systems (EGPWS) alert pilots if an aircraft gets too close to the ground or other obstacles and is thus in a potentially dangerous situation. These digital warning systems enhance the pilots’ situational awareness, help identify and avoid obstacles early on, and ultimately increase flight safety.

EGPWS are being used on over 40,000 commercial, business and military aircraft around the world. The most comprehensive dataset possible is essential to ensuring the precision of the equipment. This is why Honeywell draws on a variety of sources for the terrain/obstacle/airport database and is pleased to be able to expand the data pool with the EASA-certified Lido/SurfaceData database.

Lido/SurfaceData comprises information on more than one million obstacles worldwide, including both fixed and mobile objects that could pose a threat to air traffic safety. These could be natural obstacles such as mountain peaks or tall trees, or man-made objects such as cranes or windmills. This standardized collection of obstacle data is based on official sources such as Aeronautical Information Publications (AIP). Honeywell is currently using Lido/SurfaceData primarily to calculate minimum safe altitudes in its EGPWS. In the future, the data will also be used for the three-dimensional representation of surfaces in synthetic vision systems.

“We attach great importance to the quality of our data, which is checked during every phase of the process. This data meets the industry standards DO-276 and DO-291 and is processed in accordance with RTCA DO-200,” said Igor Dimnik, Director Strategy and Market Development at Lufthansa Systems. “We are delighted that Honeywell was the first customer to place its trust in us. Since then, Lido/SurfaceData has been deployed by other avionics providers too.”

As an aviation IT specialist, Lufthansa Systems is an expert in the field of aircraft navigation. Lido/Navigation solutions are being used successfully by more than 200 airlines and customers of all sizes, with various business models and different alliances. Each year, around 570 million passengers worldwide take flights that rely on paper-based or electronic navigation maps from Lufthansa Systems. In the context of route planning, Lufthansa Systems also has years of experience in processing obstacle data. The highly precise Lido/SurfaceData obstacle database was released in early 2017 and received the German Mobility Award this spring.
 

Caption (Copyright: Lufthansa Systems): 3D visualization and warning systems can improve flight safety thanks to Lido/SurfaceData.

 

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. Over 300 airlines 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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