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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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Apr 20, 2017

Indian Low-Cost Carrier will introduce in-flight entertainment and e-commerce based on Lufthansa Systems´ digital platform BoardConnect

Indian Low-Cost Carrier will introduce in-flight entertainment and e-commerce based on Lufthansa Systems´ digital platform BoardConnect

The Indian airline SpiceJet will offer in-flight entertainment (IFE) and e-commerce, soon. SpiceJet will equip the whole fleet with BoardConnect Portable from Lufthansa Systems. Both companies signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to this effect after the Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) in Hamburg. Passengers of SpiceJet will be able to use the new offer within 2017.

“Enhancing customer experience and comfort on-board has always been our prime focus at SpiceJet. SpiceJet expects to be the first low-cost carrier in India to provide this unique entertainment and shopping experience to its customers. This is yet another step towards ensuring a Red, Hot and Spicy experience for our customers, every time they step into a SpiceJet flight,” says Ajay Singh, Chief Managing Director at SpiceJet.

BoardConnect Portable is an all-in-one solution combining all of the technical components needed for an IFE system – such as a server and access points – in a single device, the Mobile Streaming Unit (MSU). An MSU is about the size of a conventional tablet, powered by a battery module, thus avoiding any elaborate cabling. MSUs therefore qualify as non-permanently installed equipment and can be mounted or removed without affecting other components in the aircraft, for example in the galley. This eliminates high costs for hardware, fitting and certification.

Additionally, an integrated modem allows rapid wireless updates of content while the aircraft is on the ground. Furthermore, the BoardConnect digital platform caters for easy hosting and seamless integration of third party elements such as e-commerce. This concept convinced SpiceJet. In the near future, passengers can access a variety of entertainment and e-commerce offers of SpiceJet during a flight via their own smartphones and tablets.

“We are proud that with SpiceJet, an extraordinary innovative low-cost airline from India has chosen our award-winning IFE solution BoardConnect Portable,” says Norbert Mueller, Senior Vice President BoardConnect at Lufthansa Systems. “We are looking forward to team up with SpiceJet for a fast and smooth roll-out project.”

SpiceJet is an Indian low-cost carrier based in New Delhi. With a fleet of 55 aircraft of the types Boeing 737 and Bombardier Q 400 SpiceJet offers mainly domestic flights within India and connections to destinations in Southeast Asia.

 

Caption (copyright Lufthansa Systems): Thanks to BoardConnect Portable SpiceJet passengers will be able to access a variety of IFE and eCommerce offerings during the flight on their own smartphones and tablets.

 

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 12, 2017

Icelandic carrier to deploy navigation solution from Lufthansa Systems

Icelandic carrier to deploy navigation solution from Lufthansa Systems

Lufthansa Systems today announced Icelandair as a new customer of its Windows-based Lido/eRouteManual navigation solution. The Icelandic carrier has also opted for the Lido/AMM (Airport Moving Map) add-on module. The two companies recently signed a five-year agreement to this effect.

“Icelandair initially had a workgroup review whether switching to digital navigational charts and a new chart supplier would adversely affect the operation in the short and long term. Negative effects from the change was found to be negligible though getting accustomed to the new chart layouts and software would of course be challenging for the flight crews. Our review concluded the Lido/eRouteManual to be more advanced in many ways compared to competitor products,” said Alvar Sverrisson, Project Manager and Flight Standards Specialist at Icelandair. “In the end, we were generally impressed with the Lido/eRouteManual features and since its introduction into our operation, the feedback from our crews has been overwhelmingly positive.”

Lido/eRouteManual is an electronic version of the navigation maps and has already been deployed by more than 50 airlines worldwide. The application for Windows-based systems comprises navigation maps for take-off and landing procedures as well as flight maps that include all important route information like altitude data, course of rivers and airport features. These maps are generated directly from the Lido/FMS navigation database, which includes worldwide aeronautical information. The app’s Lido/AMM module provides precise airport maps that facilitate navigation for pilots during taxi operations by showing the aircraft’s current position.

Thanks to wireless data updating via the Mobile Updater Icelandair pilots are no longer tied to fixed updating processes. Instead, they can update the digital navigation maps anytime and anywhere. This saves time and allows pilots maximum flexibility, because an Internet connection is all they need to update. In addition to the maps, Icelandair will also use the FMS data provided by Lufthansa Systems, which it will source from Honeywell.

“We are very proud that Icelandair has selected our navigation solutions,” said Marco Cesa, Senior Vice President Regional Management EMEA at Lufthansa Systems. “The trend toward mobile solutions for a paperless flight deck offering greater flexibility for pilots shows no sign of slowing down.”

Icelandair is an Icelandic carrier based at the country’s largest airport in Keflavík. With a fleet of 32 aircraft, the airline serves more than 40 travel destinations in Europe and North America.

 

Captions (copyright: Lufthansa Systems): The Windows-based Lido/eRouteManual app enables Icelandair pilots to benefit from paperless navigation. Wireless data updates to mobile devices can be made using the integrated Mobile Updater.

 

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 04, 2017

Use cases at Azul Linhas Aéreas, EL AL, Air Dolomiti and Lufthansa Group airlines demonstrate the flexibility of the BoardConnect product suite

Use cases at Azul Linhas Aéreas, EL AL, Air Dolomiti and Lufthansa Group airlines demonstrate the flexibility of the BoardConnect product suite

Azul Linhas Aéreas (Azul) is the first american customer for BoardConnect Portable, EL AL has opted for the portable version in addition to BoardConnect Classic, and the installation of the connectivity solution for Austrian Airlines, Eurowings and Lufthansa is progressing. BoardConnect Portable has also been successfully implemented for Air Dolomiti. This wireless in-flight entertainment (IFE) solution from Lufthansa Systems will soon be in use on more than 300 aircraft worldwide. The corresponding app has been downloaded over 5 million times. Lufthansa Systems is therefore heading into the Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) in Hamburg this week (April 4–6) with a series of success stories as well as numerous new features to present for its BoardConnect and mCabin product suites.

“Our current projects show how multifaceted our digital BoardConnect platform is – in terms of hardware versions, but also as regards content,” said Norbert Müller, Senior Vice President BoardConnect at Lufthansa Systems. “Our goal is to fully meet the individual requirements of each customer with a tailored IFE solution. BoardConnect continues to impress with its extremely high rates of reliability, and it is receiving very positive feedback from passengers.”

As the first customer in South America, the Brazilian low-cost carrier Azul opted for the flexible version BoardConnect Portable at the end of 2016 in order to offer wireless in-flight entertainment on its new A320neo fleet. After just two months for the implementation and clarification of local issues, the IFE solution based on BoardConnect Portable is now being used on the new aircraft under the name of Azul Play. A permanently installed IFE solution will follow later. Then BoardConnect Portable will be used rotating on other parts of the airline’s fleet. This is where the fast and easy installation and removal of the solution pays off, because the BoardConnect Portable hardware has no effect on other components in the aircraft and requires no complicated certification. And Azul passengers can still enjoy a reliable entertainment system.

EL AL has been a BoardConnect customer for several years. The Israeli airline currently has 18 Boeing 737/767 aircraft equipped with BoardConnect Classic and is also offering its passengers broadband Internet on some of these aircraft, which has been realized by Lufthansa Systems together with ViaSat. Besides, EL AL has ordered additional sets of BoardConnect Portable as well. These comprise three MSUs each. An MSU can supply up to 50 passengers with top-quality streamed content. This means that at a user rate of 50 percent EL AL can equip a wide-body jet such as a B747 or B777 with a single set of MSUs. Which aircraft will be equipped can be decided at short notice since the portable solution is fast and easy to install. The aircraft are due to be fitted this spring. There are no visible differences between BoardConnect Classic and Portable for passengers. The user interface, functions and content are the same. EL AL will also benefit from the standardized handling and simple harmonization of the IFE content.

Air Dolomiti has been using BoardConnect Portable since the end of last year. A total of 11 Embraer 190 aircraft have been fitted with the solution. The Italian airline does not offer movies, but instead focuses on newspapers and magazines. It thus saves a considerable amount of money through weight reductions and less administration.

The other airlines in the Lufthansa Group are currently focusing on offering broadband Internet on their short- and medium-haul flights to give passengers the greatest possible variety in enjoying individual entertainment on board. Austrian Airlines is planning to have its own 31 A320 aircraft equipped with broadband this spring. Initially, a total of 69 aircraft of Eurowings will gradually migrate from BoardConnect Portable to BoardConnect Plus with an Internet connection by January 2018. Additionally, both airlines offer inflight entertainment based on BoardConnect including movies, TV series, music and games. For Lufthansa the implementation is progressing as well. The airline has already fitted 16 aircraft, with its entire A320 fleet due to be equipped with the new connectivity solution by the summer of 2018.

Lufthansa Systems is offering its connectivity solution together with Lufthansa Technik and the global satellite operator Inmarsat. The three companies have established a long-term partnership to offer a modern, multifunction on-board IT platform with broadband Internet access on other airlines inside and outside of the Lufthansa Group as well.

Lufthansa Systems’ growing customer base in the in-flight entertainment and connectivity sector reflects the trend toward increased digitalization in the aircraft. “Passengers expect the same entertainment experience on board as they have on the ground – in terms of movies and TV shows, better audio quality, communication options and fast Internet,” Müller said. “We help airlines meet their passengers’ expectations. There continues to be a lot of interest in BoardConnect, and we’re talking with many potential customers and working on new implementations already.”

 

Caption (Copyright: Manfred Nerlich): The BoardConnect enables passengers of several new customers to enjoy inflight-entertainment on their own devices.

 

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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