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Nov 27, 2018

Ten-year contract signed for Lido/RouteManual, Lido/mPilot, Lido/eRouteManual, Lido/AMDB, Lido/AMM and DVMS navigation solutions

Ten-year contract signed for Lido/RouteManual, Lido/mPilot, Lido/eRouteManual, Lido/AMDB, Lido/AMM and DVMS navigation solutions

Lufthansa Systems today announced that all airlines in the Lufthansa Group will use its entire portfolio of navigation solutions over the next ten years. This includes the Lido/mPilot and Lido/eRouteManual electronic map solutions based on the Lido/RouteManual paper maps, the dynamic Lido/AMM airport moving map with the high-precision Lido/AMDB airport mapping database, and a solution for document management (DVMS).

“As the process owner, we sat down with our Lufthansa Systems colleagues very early on and constructively fleshed out the arrangement that now benefits all of us,” said Robert Nyenhuis, Vice President Flight Operations Standards & Projects Lufthansa Group Airlines.

Many airlines in the Lufthansa Group were already using the Lido/eRouteManual electronic navigation maps. The different individual contracts with these airlines have now been harmonized. Lufthansa Aviation Training will also employ the electronic navigation maps in the future so that pilots in training can use the same solution they will later find on the flight deck. This harmonization will reduce both administrative effort and costs. Up until now, only Lufthansa Passage pilots have benefited from the high-precision Lido/AMDB data. A master agreement for Lido/AMDB now offers other companies the opportunity to use the product as well.

“Despite the airlines’ different needs, we were able to quickly find solutions based on pragmatic, constructive collaboration,” said Dr. Bernd Jurisch, Head of Flight & Navigation Products & Solutions at Lufthansa Systems. “We are grateful for the great trust the Lufthansa Group is placing in us with this ten-year agreement.”

The Lufthansa Group is an aviation company with operations worldwide. Cargo and passenger transportation together account for about 87 percent of the Group’s revenues. The airlines in the Lufthansa Group include Lufthansa Airlines, Lufthansa Cargo, Lufthansa CityLine, Austrian Airlines, Swiss, Eurowings, Air Dolomiti, Edelweiss and Brussels.

 

Caption (copyright Lufthansa Systems): The electronic Lido/eRouteManual maps support pilots during navigation.

 

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Nov 06, 2018

Airline Consulting with focus on crew management, network planning and operations control

Airline Consulting with focus on crew management, network planning and operations control

The airline consulting team from Lufthansa Systems started working with Bulgaria Air to optimize even better their operational processes and to review the capacity planning. Since the end of August, the consultants from Lufthansa Systems Airline Consulting have worked with the Bulgarian airline to analyze and optimize its crew management, network planning and operations control (OCC).

“We want to enhance network decisions and continually improve the operational processes so that Bulgaria Air can continue offering the customers the highest quality”, said Dimitar Bojanski, chairman of Techno Capital, the company that provides technology to the Bulgarian carrier with which the consulting team is closely collaborating. “We are already working with the NetLine/Crew crew management solution, the NetLine/Ops operations control solution and the NetLine/Sched schedule management solution and we are pleased that the independent consultants from Lufthansa Systems are now supporting us with their knowledge and expertise.”

In the first project phase, the airline consultants from Lufthansa Systems visited Bulgaria Air to analyze the status quo of the airline’s operations controlling. Phase two of the consulting project aimed at evaluating the airline’s strategy for crew management, network planning and operations control and then provide concrete recommendations for network decisions and processes optimization. This has been based on numerous workshops and assessments held with managers and employees of the respective departments.

The consulting experts at Lufthansa Systems have spent more than 20 years working for international airlines of all sizes with various business models. Amid increasing competitive pressure felt by airlines in the international market, more and more carriers are looking for professional consulting services. This is why Lufthansa Systems has continuously expanded its consulting division in recent years. What distinguishes Lufthansa Systems’ consultants is their independence. Lufthansa Systems Airline Consulting guides management decisions to optimize airline core processes, increase efficiency and reduce costs.

“While many consultancies specialize in a single area, we cover the entire spectrum of consulting for airlines, thus ensuring that problems are always examined from all angles,” said Tino Herrmann, Senior Vice President Airline Consulting at Lufthansa Systems. “In our consulting work, we strive for a long-term, equal partnership.”

Bulgaria Air is the national airline of Bulgaria, with headquarters in Sofia. It was founded in 2002 and privatized from 2005. After privatization, the company began to restructure and modernize and has now become Bulgaria’s biggest airline. Bulgaria Air flies from Sofia to the domestic destinations of Varna and Burgas as well as more than 28 cities and vacation destinations in Europe.

Caption (Copyright: Lufthansa Systems): The airline consulting team of Lufthansa Systems provides airlines with comprehensive and independent consulting in the areas of process design, process optimization and airline IT.

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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. Over 350 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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Sep 12, 2018

Lufthansa Systems presents a new prototype at APEX EXPO. BoardConnect continues to grow and the cooperation with Lufthansa Technik will be expanded

Lufthansa Systems presents a new prototype at APEX EXPO. BoardConnect continues to grow and the cooperation with Lufthansa Technik will be expanded

More robust, more powerful: BoardConnect Portable enables high-quality streaming for up to 100 users from a single device. Lufthansa Systems will present this new generation of its award-winning solution at this year’s Airline Passenger Experience Expo (APEX) in Boston (September 25 to 27). The brand-new prototype will be displayed at booth no. 753. Lufthansa Technik will present its Lconnect hardware and service package at the same stand.

“With BoardConnect, we are currently one of the fastest-growing providers for wireless in-flight entertainment (IFE) in the aviation industry, and we are among the top five in the market with our multi-award-winning solution and wide product range,” said Jan-Peter Gänse, Head of Passenger Experience Products & Solutions at Lufthansa Systems. “The demand for IFE and IFEC solutions continues to grow. Our close cooperation with Lufthansa Technik and other partners gives us a decisive competitive advantage here.”

New generation of BoardConnect Portable

The new generation of BoardConnect Portable is even more flexible, powerful and robust, with an impressive modular concept. The new Mobile Streaming Unit (MSU) corresponds to a real server platform including all necessary access points. It can supply twice as many users with high-quality IFE streaming as the first generation. This means that in future one MSU will still be powerful enough to support one single-aisle aircraft, even if the airline expects higher usage rates. Thanks to its modularity, the new BoardConnect Portable can be individually tailored to the needs of the airline.

BoardConnect Portable can also be supplemented with Iridium NEXT technology upon request. This product, known as BoardConnect Portable/Link, has a low bandwidth and enables services such as messaging and online payment. The required antenna can be installed in a suitable position in the cabin without the need for an STC. The smart STC-free service is part of the Lconnect product family from Lufthansa Technik and only requires a minor modification. Lconnect comprises all relevant services to equip an aircraft with IFE and IFEC. In addition to the physical installation, this includes all required aeronautical and regulatory work, conversion planning and materials supply, the manufacture of diverse high-end components such as the WLAN access point, the supply of materials in regular flight operations, and the repair of defective components.

Practically tested on the way to the APEX EXPO

Another highlight from Lufthansa Systems will take place even before the trade fair opens this year. For the first time in the history of the APEX EXPO, the event will start above the clouds with an exclusive pre-conference on board an Airbus A350. The Lufthansa #FlyingLab APEX EXPO on September 22nd on Flight LH424 from Munich to Boston is being organized by Lufthansa in cooperation with Lufthansa Systems and APEX. Videos of the live presentations will be streamed via WLAN so passengers can follow them on their own smartphones, tablets or laptops. The WLAN on board is based on BoardConnect. This is one more example of the variety of potential uses of the digital platform.

“We are delighted to present the Lufthansa #FlyingLab for the APEX EXPO this year together with Lufthansa and APEX. This exceptional event at an altitude of 10,000 meters will vividly show how innovative technologies and smart ideas can contribute to a new dimension of the passenger experience,” said Olivier Krüger, CEO of Lufthansa Systems.

The BoardConnect product suite

BoardConnect enables passengers to use streaming technology during a flight to access an airline’s entertainment program on their own devices. The product suite includes four hardware versions: In addition to the permanently installed classic BoardConnect solution, there is the flexible BoardConnect Portable version as well as the BoardConnect Plus (broadband) and BoardConnect Portable/Link (messaging) connectivity solutions. The digital BoardConnect 5.0 platform runs on all versions. Thanks to its modern docker technology, the software enables additional digital services from partners to be integrated quickly and easily. Lufthansa Systems is also providing

content such as movies, TV series, music and magazines with its BoardConnect Media Services. All products work in perfect harmony with each other and can be acquired separately or in combination. The different versions make it possible to scale the use of the products as needed.

 

Picture caption (copyright: Lufthansa Systems): Lufthansa Systems presents its new generation of BoardConnect Portable at APEX 2018.

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Sep 10, 2018

Africa´s fastest growing airline relies on proven flight planning solution

Africa´s fastest growing airline relies on proven flight planning solution

Lufthansa Systems and Ethiopian Airlines Group today announced the introduction of Lufthansa Systems’ Lido/Flight 4D solution in Ethiopian’s flight planning system. This new generation of the proven flight planning solution from Lufthansa Systems offers extensive automation and optimization functions for flight planning and control processes. Ethiopian Airlines will be using Lido/Flight 4D for the next five years.

“We are pleased to further cement our collaboration with Lufthansa Systems by upgrading our flight planning system to Lido/Flight 4D, having used the Lido Flight Planning Service Lido/FPLS for the last five years. Lido/Flight 4D is one of the most effective flight planning solutions worldwide and has been rewarding in augmenting our efforts to optimize flight planning and control endeavors in our expanding service and latest technology acquisition. With the introduction of Lido/Flight 4D, we are aiming to further optimize our routings and flight planning processes, thereby reaping benefits in terms of reduced flying time and fuel consumption,” said Tewolde GebreMariam, Group Chief Executive Officer at Ethiopian Airlines.

The core features of Lido/Flight 4D are its integrated and continually updated aeronautical database and the so-called optimizer. Lido/Flight 4D calculates the most suitable route for each flight based on all flight-related data, weather conditions and the current airspace situation including any restrictions.

Around 120 airlines with a total of more than 6,000 aircraft are currently using Lufthansa Systems’ flight planning solution, which has been successful in the market for more than 17 years. The most recent releases covered certain basic components for migrating to current technologies as well as functional innovations and improvements for takeoff and landing weight optimization, crew briefing and route optimization. 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.

“The contract with Ethiopian Airlines is strategically important to us,” said Marco Cesa, Senior Vice President Regional Management EMEA at Lufthansa Systems. “The deal will be noticed throughout Africa and strengthens our position in the local market. The reliability and flexibility of our product won over Ethiopian Airlines and will provide considerable support to the carrier going forward.”


Picture description (Copyright: Lufthansa Systems): Lido/Flight 4D from Lufthansa Systems will enable Ethiopian Airlines to further improve their flight planning processes.

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About Ethiopian
Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) is the fastest growing Airline in Africa. In its seventy plus years of operation, Ethiopian has become one of the continent’s leading carriers, unrivalled in efficiency and operational success.

Ethiopian commands the lion’s share of the pan-African passenger and cargo network operating the youngest and most modern fleet to more than 110 international passenger and cargo destinations across five continents. Ethiopian fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as Airbus A350, Boeing 787-8, Boeing 787-9, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-200 Freighter, Boeing 737-700, Boeing 737-800 , Boeing 737-MAX, Bombardier Q-400 double cabin with an average fleet age of five years. In fact, Ethiopian is the first airline in Africa to own and operate these aircraft.

Ethiopian is currently implementing a 15-year strategic plan called Vision 2025 that will see it become the leading aviation group in Africa with eight business centers: Ethiopian Regional Services; Ethiopian International Services; Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services; Ethiopian MRO Services; Ethiopian Aviation Academy; Ethiopian In-flight Catering; Ethiopian Ground Services and Ethiopian Airports Services. Ethiopian is a multi-award winning airline registering an average growth of 25% in the past seven years.

Contact
Mrs. Aniley Eshetu
A/Manager Corporate Communications, Ethiopian Airlines
Tel :( 251-1)517-89-07/656/165/913/529
CorporateCommunication@ethiopianairlines.com
www.ethiopianairlines.com
www.facebook.com/ethiopianairlines
www.twitter.com/flyethiopian     

 

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 350 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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