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May 31, 2017

Lido/Flight User Group Conference 2017: Lufthansa Systems’ customer event focuses on interaction, information and cooperative development

Lido/Flight User Group Conference 2017: Lufthansa Systems’ customer event focuses on interaction, information and cooperative development

Lufthansa Systems today announced that it will present the first Integrated Flight Support prototype, the future core module of its new Lido/Flight 4D product generation, at this year’s Lido/Flight User Group (LUG) Conference. The conference will offer an insight into technical innovations related to the flight planning system as well as an opportunity for intensive interaction among the 170 product experts and customers attending. The LUG Conference is taking place from May 31 to June 1 in Paris, the headquarters of this year’s partner airline, Air France.

“Integrating different systems is an essential aspect of modern flight planning. Flight data is very dynamic. To get an overview of the current situation in the air, everyone involved needs the same sources of information. Airports, air traffic control and customer systems should be able to exchange data in real time. This is the only way for employees on the ground and on the flight deck to make right decisions based on the same information,” said Philipp Barzen, Head of Product Strategy Lido/Flight at Lufthansa Systems.

The core features of the Lido/Flight 4D flight planning solution are the integrated and continually updated aeronautical database and the optimizer. The system calculates the most suitable route for each flight based on all flight-related data, taking into account weather conditions and the current airspace situation including any restrictions. By migrating to the new product generation, customers will benefit from a modern architecture offering even better integration of relevant data from adjacent systems, a modern graphical user interface and display, 4D optimization and extensively automated flight planning and control processes.

Lufthansa Systems is taking an agile approach to the further development of Lido/Flight 4D. This means that customers are continually involved in the process. In addition to the two big annual customer events – the LUG Conference in the spring and the LUG Forum in the fall – the Lido/Flight-Team is holding workshops and gathering feedback on new features. The second release of Lido/Flight 4D R6.2.0 is planned for the fall of 2017 and will include improvements to crew briefing and route optimization. This is followed by another important milestone in the spring of 2018, a technical release with a complete migration to Linux. The prototype, which provides a glimpse into the future of Lido/Flight 4D, goes even further: It shows the new interface as well as other new functions, such as integrated navigation maps from Lido/Navigation.

“Along with the integrated map display, we are expanding our strategic cooperation with the Lido/Flight and Lido/Navigation product teams to create even better applications for pilots,” Barzen said. One example is the new Lido/mBriefing app, a mobile briefing solution with a direct interface to the Lido/mPilot mobile navigation solution.

During the LUG Conference, product experts will explain the new features of Lido/Flight 4D to customers in various sessions. They will also talk about the technical prerequisites for migration and discuss training concepts. Lufthansa Systems is thus taking a holistic approach to flight planning optimization and supporting its customers in the areas of further development and migration.

The product known previously as Lido/Flight has performed successfully in the market for more than 20 years. Since 2015, Lufthansa Systems has been working intensively on developing the new Lido/Flight 4D generation. Around 120 airlines with a total of more than 6,000 aircraft are currently using the flight planning solution from Lufthansa Systems. More than one half of all flights in Europe are calculated using Lido/Flight 4D. In various comparative analyses based on thousands of flight plans, Lido/Flight was able to reduce fuel costs by an average of 2 percent, cut flying times by 1.9 percent and save 1.6 percent of air traffic control fees compared to its competitors. Thanks to this savings potential, Lido/Flight 4D will pay for itself after an average of about one year.

 

Caption (Copyright: Lufthansa Systems): The flight planning and navigation solutions from Lufthansa Systems provide seamless support for the entire flight process.

 

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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May 23, 2017

New app provides mobile support for every phase of flight operations

New app provides mobile support for every phase of flight operations

Lufthansa Systems today announced the development of Lido/mBriefing as an app version based on the existing crew briefing module of Lido/Flight 4D. Lido/mBriefing will support flight deck crews with the briefing process as well as during the flight. This mobile solution is initially being developed for iOS, with support for Windows devices planned at a later date. This development is the aviation IT specialist’s response to increasing digitalization of flight operations processes and the introduction of connectivity on the flight deck, and it also advances the integration of briefing and flight operations solutions.

“We expect the majority of airlines to further digitalize their briefing processes for flight deck crews over the next two to five years. We received plenty of positive feedback from our customers after the presentation of our prototype last fall,” said Philipp Barzen, Head of Product Strategy Lido/Flight at Lufthansa Systems. “Demand for mobile briefing solutions for tablets is growing. We want to start meeting this demand with Lido/mBriefing.”

Pilots will soon be able to use the new app to access briefing information and digitally process it during a flight. Briefing systems are traditionally browser-based or only accessible via special terminals on the ground. With Lido/mBriefing, flight deck crews can carry out briefing steps on their tablet on the move and save relevant information for offline use. If changes are made at short notice, pilots receive the necessary notifications via the app so that the crew can react directly to the changes.

Using Lido/mBriefing, the crew can process all of the information and documentation required during a flight, such as the navigation log. If necessary, documents can be digitally signed after the flight and sent back to the airline’s data warehouse for analysis. The solution also supports retrospective data analysis to ensure, for example, that deviations from the planned route can be used for future route optimization.

“We want to help our customers become digital airlines across all processes. By developing our new Lido/mBriefing app, we are pursuing this strategy and reacting to growing demand for mobile solutions within the market,” said Olivier Krueger, CEO at Lufthansa Systems.

Lufthansa Systems has many years of experience as a provider of flight planning and flight deck solutions. More than 100 airlines around the world use the Lido/Flight 4D flight planning solution as well as Lido/Navigation digital maps. Lido/mBriefing combines the expertise from these two fields to provide optimum digital support for pilots in preparing and operating flights. The new briefing app can transmit data seamlessly to the Lido/mPilot navigation solution, thus enabling information from the briefing package such as flight plans to be presented visually in Lido/mPilot. This ensures an intuitive and consistent user experience.

 

Caption (Copyright: Lufthansa Systems; iStockphoto.com/Ridofranz): The new Lido/mBriefing app enables pilots to prepare for their flights on the move and receive updates directly on their tablet.

 

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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May 08, 2017

A total of 450 airline experts are attending one of the world’s largest airline IT user conferences to find out about the latest innovations in the digital world of aviation.

A total of 450 airline experts are attending one of the world’s largest airline IT user conferences to find out about the latest innovations in the digital world of aviation.

“Spice IT up! – Digitalization and beyond” is the motto of the Lufthansa Systems Airline Forum, which starts today. A total of 450 participants from around 80 airlines worldwide will learn about the latest developments in the portfolio of the airline IT specialist. The focus is on Commercial Planning and Operations solutions from the NetLine and ProfitLine product lines.

“This industry meeting, which is traditionally held in the Lufthansa Training & Conference Center in Seeheim, is one of the most important events in the airline IT sector,” said Ulrike Behrens, Head of Marketing at Lufthansa Systems, who organizes the Airline Forum. Lufthansa Systems advises and supports airlines in their digital transformation. The aviation IT experts show what sustainable airline processes can look like and provide hands-on support to customers in implementing their projects.

“Digitalization has a significant influence on working processes, business models and our daily life. This applies to the aviation industry as well. The core of our company strategy is to put airlines in a perfect position for the digital future,” said Olivier Krueger, CEO of Lufthansa Systems. “We are delighted to welcome so many of our customers’ representatives to the Airline Forum again this year.”

The keynote speech will be held by Lufthansa CIO Dr. Roland Schuetz. Other customers will also have the opportunity to speak and report on successful projects, including United Airlines and the Israeli airline EL AL. The next two and a half days will be devoted to some 80 lectures and workshops as well as personal conversations with product experts and other airlines. Attendees can put together their own individual program from a comprehensive range of topics. The focus will be on new product developments and innovations in the NetLine and ProfitLine product lines, which will be introduced by experts from Lufthansa Systems and its industry partners.

Automation and integration are key aspects in this context. Modern technologies make it easier to collect and evaluate data in order to identify anomalies and automatically learn from them or carry out certain actions. But it is also increasingly important for IT solutions – especially in the field of operations – to be able to share this data and interact with one another in order to make the best decisions and optimize processes. Communication also plays an essential role in the digital world. It should be fast, simple and possible from anywhere. Mobile solutions and a user-friendly layout help meet these demands.

“At the Airline Forum, we present new industry trends and product portfolio developments to our customers. We also want to talk with them about market challenges, new technologies and smart solutions for their specific requirements,” said Stefan Auerbach, CEO of Lufthansa Systems.

The Market Place provides plenty of room for this dialog. This is where Airline Forum participants can try out the product innovations for themselves right after the sessions. Their feedback is critical to the further optimization of Lufthansa Systems’ products.

 

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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Apr 27, 2017

Russian carrier adds two more modules to its revenue management solution

Russian carrier adds two more modules to its revenue management solution

VIM Airlines has expanded its segment-based revenue management by adding two more modules. The Russian carrier has been using the ProfitLine/Yield Rembrandt revenue management solution from Lufthansa Systems successfully since 2011. Recently, the airline has complemented the two modules Price-Based Forecasting and Multi-Segment Optimization. The two companies signed a six-year agreement to this effect.

Expanding the revenue management solution will enable VIM Airlines to control capacity utilization of its flights even more efficiently, respond more quickly to market changes and thus increase its revenues. “Rembrandt is a truly universal tool that is suitable both for small and large numbers of flights. It is very convenient to use and enables us to flexibly realize our sales strategy. Thanks to the hybrid approach offered in the Price-Based Forecasting module, the built-in mathematical mechanism can be used very flexibly,” said Anna Ambrosova, Vice President at VIM Airlines. “ProfitLine/Yield Rembrandt with its new modules fulfills all of our requirements; the contract extension speaks for itself here.”

Lufthansa Systems’ leading segment-based revenue management solution ProfitLine/Yield Rembrandt supports demanding airlines in a tough market. The solution is suitable for any business model, including traditional management, the undifferentiated management used by low-cost carriers, and various hybrid approaches. Thanks to the new Price-Based Forecasting module, airlines can use both product-sensitive and price-sensitive forecasts and optimizations. This allows them to respond directly to market developments and price changes among competitors. The system monitors the entire network and tracks critical booking patterns in order to optimize the use of an airline’s fleet.

VIM Airlines can now offer tickets at prices based on what customers are willing to pay. This leads to greater efficiency and higher revenues. The system is also quick to implement, and it features an intuitive user interface and flexible reporting options. This makes the product ideal for any airline wanting to optimize its revenue management with minimal investment costs.

“Our revenue management solution was developed specifically to meet the needs of smaller and medium-sized airlines offering point-to-point connections. This makes it the perfect solution for our strategically important customer VIM Airlines,” said Marco Cesa, Senior Vice President Regional Management EMEA at Lufthansa Systems. “We firmly believe that the new modules will add to the existing features in supporting VIM Airlines in boosting its revenues.”

VIM Airlines is based in Moscow, Russia, operating international scheduled and charter, passenger and cargo flights out of Moscow Domodedovo Airport and ranks 10th position in the Russian market by the number of passengers carried. With its fleet of 22 aircraft, VIM Airlines serves several domestic and international destinations in Asia and Europe. The airline is using Lido/FMS, Lido/Performance and Lido/RouteManual from Lufthansa Systems.


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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