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Dec 06, 2016

Asiana airlines of South Korea extends Sirax/RA agreement for another five years

Asiana airlines of South Korea extends Sirax/RA agreement for another five years

Lufthansa Systems today announced that Korea-based Asiana Airlines will continue to use its Sirax/RA solution for revenue accounting. The agreement between the two companies, which was originally signed in 2005, has now been renewed for another five years.

“We have been relying on Sirax/RA from Lufthansa Systems for more than ten years – which makes perfect sense for us: Since introducing the solution, we succeeded in substantially accelerating our accounting processes, which enabled us to reduce costs and boost revenues at the same time,” said Lee Han Wook, General Manager Revenue Accounting Team at Asiana Airlines.

The Sirax/RA revenue accounting solution speeds up accounting processes by automatically checking ticket sales against actual flight data. Integrated sub-processes also support the billing of interline flights between airlines. Based on this, the system very precisely calculates the actual revenues within a very short timeframe, automatically taking into account current industry standards. Furthermore, customers can quickly gain a comprehensive overview of their financial situation, enabling them to rapidly respond to changing conditions. The system also delivers precise, current information for management and accounting staff at all times. Sirax/RA is being used by around 20 airlines worldwide and based on processed coupon volume is the market leader among standard revenue accounting solutions.

“Asiana Airlines was one of the initial carriers to opt for our Sirax solution and the second Sirax customer in the Star Alliance after Lufthansa,” said Tom Vandendael, Senior Vice President Regional Management Asia-Pacific at Lufthansa Systems. “Even after such a long time, Asiana Airlines remains a strategically important customer for Lufthansa Systems, and we look forward to our continued collaboration.”

Korean carrier Asiana Airlines is based in Seoul and is a member of the Star Alliance. With its fleet of 84 aircraft, Asiana Airlines transports both passengers and cargo worldwide. The airline currently serves ten domestic routes and 79 international destinations in 23 countries. Asiana Airlines also delivers cargo to 28 cities in 12 countries.
 

About Asiana Airlines
Asiana Airlines founded in 1988 and has fully committed itself to providing its customers with innovative and world-class service. As a proud member of Star Alliance since 2003, Asiana Airlines has continued to maintain its 5-star rating by Skytrax for 10 consecutive years since the year of 2007. Asiana Airlines operates 79 international passenger routes to 65 destinations in 23 countries. For cargo flights Asiana Airlines operates 25 routes to 28 cities in 12 counties. Asiana Airlines has introduced Airbus A380 double-deckers to long-haul destinations such as Los Angeles, New York and Frankfurt, and is planning to operate 30 Airbus A350 and 25 Airbus A321NEO aircrafts to provide more pleasant in-flight experience. For more information, please visit http://kr.flyasiana.com/C/en/main.do

 

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 28, 2016

Dynamic navigation maps enable seamless navigation from gate to gate

Dynamic navigation maps enable seamless navigation from gate to gate

Lufthansa Systems today announced that it is developing dynamic navigation maps for its Lido/Navigation product line. A fully dynamic map solution is expected to be completed by 2019. With this development, the aviation IT specialist is responding to increasing digitalization and connectivity on the flight deck.

“Dynamic navigation maps are the future. They enable seamless navigation from gate to gate, without limits. Furthermore, connected systems can provide updates in real time and supply smart information that is only shown to pilots when they need it. This gives pilots a better overview, reduces their head-down time and helps them make decisions. It will also improve the display of integrated solutions for weather or other air traffic, for example,” said Stefan Auerbach, CEO of Lufthansa Systems.

Lufthansa Systems is a pioneer when it comes to navigation solutions for airlines. More than 100 airlines worldwide use charts from the Lido/Navigation solution. The paper-based Lido/RouteManual charts were released in 2002, and in 2005 Lufthansa Systems began offering digital charts, initially for integrated flight deck systems, and now in the form of apps for Windows (Lido/eRouteManual) and iOS (Lido/mPilot). All of the charts are in color, directly display minimum safe altitudes on the approach and departure charts and include true-to-scale topographical information which meets the highest standards of precision and quality.

Unlike the route maps, the digital airport charts are largely static, and there is a separation between the terminal charts and the enroute module. In practice, this means that pilots use the terminal charts during takeoff and landing and then have to manually switch to the enroute module for the flight. The Lido/AMM Airport Moving Map, which is used to navigate between the runway and the gate, is already fully dynamic in itself, but it is still separate from the other charts. This dynamic approach is now gradually being expanded.

When all of the maps – terminal, enroute and airport – are dynamic, there will no longer be any separation between the maps for various phases of a flight. Pilots will be able to zoom directly from the enroute display into the Airport Moving Map, or move straight into the flight phase after takeoff. The advantage of this is that all flight processes from gate to gate can be seamlessly displayed in a single view. “Dynamic navigation maps are the basis for smart additional functions that will be available in the future thanks to connectivity. Through its connectivity with the aircraft, the system will be able to display the precise information that is important in a specific flight situation, thus increasing the pilots’ situational awareness,” Auerbach said.

This vision of dynamic maps and new developments for Lido/Navigation and the Lido/Flight flight planning solution will be presented this week by Lufthansa Systems at the 10th Annual Flight Operations Conference in London (November 29 to 30).
 

Images (copyright Lufthansa Systems): Vision visualized – in a video about the dynamic future of aviation navigation (https://youtu.be/L7Tlstws6tE).

Lufthansa Systems – 15 years of expertise in aircraft navigation. The attached graphic illustrates the most important milestones in the development of Lido/Navigation.

 

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 24, 2016

SchedConnect contract extended for another five years

SchedConnect contract extended for another five years

Lufthansa Systems today announced that Avianca Holdings will continue to manage its codeshare connections with SchedConnect. This solution from Lufthansa Systems flexibly adapts the management of codeshare flights to schedule changes and offers a high degree of automation. This enables Avianca to optimize its codeshare management while reducing costs and enhancing its competitiveness. The company recently signed a five-year contract extension for the solution.

“Even though we are pleased with the Lufthansa Systems numerous products we are using already, we evaluated the codeshare management solutions of several IT providers. Especially the concept of having a system with central flight repository and real time schedule synchronization in Avianca’s airline group leads to essential benefits for us. The comprehensive codeshare management features, the high automation and synchronization of schedules within the Star Alliance airlines and beyond is a great unique selling proposition (USP) of Lufthansa Systems’ SchedConnect solution,” said Eduardo Asmar, Senior Vice President Strategy and Network at Avianca Holdings. “We expect this to deliver significant cost savings as well as additional revenues.”

SchedConnect offers a high level of automation by receiving and sending schedule data of over 150 airlines worldwide and calculating the optimal codeshare connections for the current customer schedules on a daily basis. Each and every month, five million codeshare connections on average are calculated using SchedConnect. If a minimum connecting time cannot be ensured due to a schedule change or if a partner flight is canceled, SchedConnect assigns the marketing flight number to another suitable connecting flight operated by the partner. Changes are sent through the reservation systems to travel agents and customers as well as to the operations and passenger-related systems of the airlines involved.

Avianca Holdings and Lufthansa Systems have been commercial partners since 2004. “Avianca Holdings already uses several products from our NetLine suite as well as ProfitLine/Price and Lido/Flight. Additional solutions like NetLine/Ops and NetLine/Crew are currently being implemented,” said Greg Cork, Senior Vice President Regional Management Americas at Lufthansa Systems. “By renewing this contract, we are further expanding our long-standing partnership with a strategically important customer.”

Based in Panama, Avianca Holdings is the parent group of Avianca Colombia and the TACA Group, which in turn includes regional carriers Lacsa – Costa Rica, TACA International – El Salvador, Aviateca – Guatemala, TACA de Honduras and TACA Peru. Other group airlines include Aerogal – Ecuador and Avianca Cargo. The Avianca Holdings airlines specialize in air cargo and passenger transport and operate a combined fleet of 155 aircraft. Overall, the subsidiary airlines serve 100 direct destinations in 26 countries in North, Central and South America. Avianca Holdings is a Star Alliance member, which enables it to offer its passengers connections to more than 1,300 airports in 192 countries worldwide.


Caption (Copyright: Manfred Nerlich): Lufthansa Systems’ SchedConnect facilitates the handling of complex codeshare connections for the airlines of Avianca Holdings.


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 01, 2016

New customer presents successful project at EFB Users Forum in Hawaii

New customer presents successful project at EFB Users Forum in Hawaii

Lufthansa Systems today announced that Hawaiian Airlines has become the latest customer for its Windows-based Lido/eRouteManual navigation solution. Lido/eRouteManual provides electronic navigation charts for all flight phases. From 2017, the entire Hawaiian Airlines fleet will navigate using Lido/eRouteManual.

Each year, around 570 million passengers fly on planes based on navigation charts from Lufthansa Systems. Airlines around the world use Lido/Navigation solutions. Lido/eRouteManual has already been deployed by more than 50 airlines worldwide. The application for Windows-based systems comprises navigation charts for take-off and landing procedures as well as route charts including all important route information like altitude and airport data. These charts are generated directly from the Lido navigation database, which includes worldwide aeronautical information and topographical data. The app’s Lido/AMM (Airport Moving Map) module, which Hawaiian Airlines will roll out in a second step in 2017, provides precise airport charts.

Thanks to wireless data updating via the Mobile Updater pilots are no longer tied to fixed updating processes. Instead, they can update the digital navigation charts anytime and anywhere. This saves time and allows pilots maximum flexibility, because an Internet connection is all they need to update.

“We are proud to have gained this important new customer in North America and look forward to many years of cooperation with Hawaiian Airlines,” said Michael Schmidtborn, Vice President Sales & Services North America at Lufthansa Systems.

Hawaiian Airlines will present the successful project this week at the EFB Users Forum in Hawaii. Experts from Lufthansa Systems will also be at the conference. “We are giving the attendees an exclusive preview of the new release of Lido/eRouteManual, which will be officially launched at the end of the year,” revealed Igor Dimnik, Director Products at Lufthansa Systems.

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

Captions (copyright: Lufthansa Systems): Lido/eRouteManual enables Hawaiian Airlines pilots to benefit from paperless navigation.

 

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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