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Mar 21, 2017

Turkish airline Onur Air will use Lido/Flight 4D from Lufthansa Systems

Turkish airline Onur Air will use Lido/Flight 4D from Lufthansa Systems

Lufthansa Systems today announced that Istanbul-based Turkish private airline Onur Air has opted for its Lido/Flight 4D solution. This new generation of the proven flight planning solution from Lufthansa Systems offers the airline a modern graphical user interface and extensive automation functions for flight planning and control processes. The two companies recently signed a five-year contract for the solution.

“We compared flight planning solutions from various providers and are firmly convinced that Lufthansa Systems offers a reliable product,” said Teoman Tosun, CEO at Onur Air. “The spectrum and functions of Lido/Flight 4D meet our demands for high quality and cost savings alike. These aspects were key for us.”

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

Around 120 airlines with a total of more than 6,000 aircraft are currently using the flight planning solution from Lufthansa Systems, which has been successful on the market for more than 20 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.

“The contract with our new customer Onur Air is strategically important to us,” said Marco Cesa, Senior Vice President Regional Management EMEA at Lufthansa Systems. “It will enable us to expand our position in the Turkish market. The reliability and flexibility of our product won over the customer and will provide considerable support in the future.”

Onur Air was founded in 1992 in Turkey and is based at Istanbul Atatürk Airport. Now Onur Air primarily operates schedule and charter flights with a fleet of 24 aircraft. The airline’s scheduled flights serve destinations within Turkey as well as cities in Europe and the Middle East.
 

Caption (copyright Lufthansa Systems): Airlines can optimally plan their routes with Lido/Flight 4D 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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Mar 14, 2017

Another Lufthansa Group airline is benefiting from a standardized user interface for check-in systems at all of its airports thanks to cFront/LAGUNA

Another Lufthansa Group airline is benefiting from a standardized user interface for check-in systems at all of its airports thanks to cFront/LAGUNA

To make its departure control and adjacent applications standardized accessible from the respective CUTE systems at each of the airports in its network, Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) is using cFront/LAGUNA, the CUTE systems from Lufthansa Systems. CUTE stands for Common Use Terminal Equipment. This software enables airlines to make shared use of airport IT infrastructures. This means that different airlines can use the same hardware to access their own application servers for passenger and flight handling. The cFront/LAGUNA adapter software helps standardize the different versions of the CUTE systems.

In addition to SWISS, other airlines in the Lufthansa Group are also using cFront/LAGUNA. Brussels Airlines, for instance, also introduced the system last year. This means different airlines in the Group can benefit from a shared check-in system if necessary.

“cFront/LAGUNA was already available at several airports in the SWISS network since we certified and supplied the Group solution together. SWISS benefited from this because, during the implementation, we simply had to add the information specific to the Swiss airline. This lowered costs and sped up the implementation,” said Bjoern Steinbrecher, Head of cGroup Solutions at Lufthansa Systems.

For many years, Lufthansa Systems has offered airlines comprehensive CUTE services – from setting up the applications to carrying out updates and maintenance. cFront/LAGUNA was modified by the experts to meet the specific needs of the Lufthansa Group. The software is based on the CUTE solution known as cGroup. It accesses an airline’s IT systems in a smooth, standardized way and supports all leading CUTE platforms as well as the new standards for Common Use Passenger Processing Systems (CUPPS). Users can access the system from anywhere with a web app. cFront/LAGUNA also offers monitoring functions that provide an overview of the status at all CUTE and CUPPS airports and enables the responsible management team to intervene quickly in the event of a disruption.

“We’re already using several products from Lufthansa Systems, including navigation, flight planning and revenue management solutions, and we’re impressed by their quality. cFront/LAGUNA is a special solution for the Lufthansa Group airlines that enables us to make optimal use of synergies within the Group,” said Lukas Wirth, Head of IT at SWISS.

Established in 2002, SWISS is the carrier of Switzerland. With a fleet of 91 aircraft, the airline operates flights to over 100 destinations in 43 countries worldwide. SWISS is part of the Lufthansa Group and a member of the Star Alliance.

This week, Lufthansa Systems is presenting its CUTE solution at the Passenger Terminal EXPO (Stand #3020). The event takes place March 14–16 in Amsterdam. Aviation industry representatives will have the opportunity to learn about new products and technologies for airlines and airports, try them out at the expo, and talk with experts.

 

Caption (Copyright: SWISS International Air Lines Ltd.): cFront/LAGUNA from Lufthansa Systems ensures smooth handling processes for SWISS at all airports in its route network.

More information on the product is available online at:www.lhsystems.com/cgroup

 

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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Feb 23, 2017

EASA certified: New product delivers extremely precise worldwide obstacle data to software providers and avionics manufacturers

EASA certified: New product delivers extremely precise worldwide obstacle data to software providers and avionics manufacturers

Identifying and taking obstacles into account early on is absolutely essential to safe aircraft navigation. While the location and dimensions of natural obstacles such as mountains and rivers are known and largely stable, man-made obstacles such as skyscrapers, bridges and wind turbines are changing all the time. With Lido/SurfaceData, Lufthansa Systems is offering a comprehensive database of worldwide obstacles designed specially for avionics manufacturers and software providers.

“The Lido/Navigation obstacle data is processed in accordance with RTCA DO-200 and meets the DO-276 and DO-291 industry standards. Intensive quality controls in each phase of the process guarantee a premium product,” said Cheng-Yi Cheng, Product Manager Lido/Navigation Data Services. “Furthermore, EASA has certified the Lido/SurfaceData data in accordance with LoA Type 1 and will also regularly audit it in the future.”

Lido/SurfaceData comprises information on around one million obstacles worldwide. These include both fixed and mobile objects. They are located near airports or in a region above the ground where they could affect flight traffic or pose a threat to safety. This standardized collection of obstacle data is based on official sources such as Aeronautical Information Publications (AIP). Its goal is to improve synthetic vision systems as well as ground proximity warning systems and terrain avoidance systems. Airlines can also use the data from Lido/SurfaceData for airport analyses. The data can be used for helicopter software as well.

“Warning systems, sensors, front displays and technical support for synthetic vision improve the situational awareness of pilots and therefore increase safety. Our new Lido/SurfaceData product thus fits perfectly in our portfolio of Lido/Navigation solutions,” Cheng said.

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.
 

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

More Information online: https://www.lhsystems.com/products-services/lido/lidonavigation/lidosurfacedata

 

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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Feb 16, 2017

From personalizing the travel experience to big data, improved efficiency and new dynamic distribution standards – Lufthansa Systems supports airlines on every level of digital transformati

From personalizing the travel experience to big data, improved efficiency and new dynamic distribution standards – Lufthansa Systems supports airlines on every level of digital transformation

Everyone is talking about digitalization. Many companies are wondering how to future-proof themselves in the digital world. Lufthansa Systems turned this vision into reality a long time ago. For years, the aviation IT specialist has been advising and supporting airlines in their digital transformation, demonstrating what sustainable airline processes can look like and helping customers implement concrete projects.

“The core of our company strategy is to put airlines in a perfect position for the digital future. For example, we have spent over 15 years helping airlines work toward a paperless flight deck,” said Olivier Krüger, CEO of Lufthansa Systems. “We are offering new solutions and expanding our consulting unit in response to growing demand in the market. In keeping with this, we are continually enhancing our digital expertise so we can develop innovative solutions for the entire cosmos of an airline and its passengers – with data analytics, personalization, mobility and new developments such as eye tracking and dynamic navigation maps.”

The spectrum includes solutions and consulting services for improving the efficiency and differentiation of all aspects of an airline as well as for optimizing the entire travel chain for passengers.

Personalized Air Travel Services: Personalized solutions aim to enhance the passenger travel experience. New digital and individual services and apps, which can be used before, during and after a flight, ensure that passengers are addressed directly and personally. BoardConnect is one example. This digital platform enables passengers to access wireless inflight entertainment on their own smartphones and tablets, while offering additional functionalities for flight deck and cabin crews – with or without an Internet connection. The new inTime app is another example. It calculates how much time passengers will need to reach their gate punctually from their current location. Both the traffic situation outside the airport and the waiting times at check-in and security are taken into account here. The timings are based on (anonymized) data from real passengers, so the app gets more intelligent over time.

Dynamic Distribution Management: Dynamic distribution management makes it possible for airlines to increase their revenues by offering ticket and service packages directly to travelers. The New Distribution Capability (NDC) standard of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) is promoting this development and significantly affecting the distribution structures of airlines. Together with partners, Lufthansa Systems provides solutions for the entire NDC process, including offer and order management, dynamic pricing, and billing with the Sirax/RA revenue accounting solution. Airlines benefit from improved customer loyalty through more individualized offers, with lower distribution costs and higher revenues.

Safe & Efficient Flight Operations: Optimization and efficiency in all aspects of flight operations are the crucial aspects here. Simplified processes, improved routes, reduced fuel consumption and shorter handling times (including for crews and maintenance work) not only generate considerable savings potential, they also increase flight safety. For example, the digital navigation maps of the Lido/Navigation product line are becoming more and more dynamic. In the near future, they will be able to seamlessly display all flight processes from gate to gate. With an on-board Internet connection, additional smart functions in the maps can show information that is relevant to specific situations during a flight. This increases the pilots’ situational awareness.

Reliable Air Travel Experience: New developments in the field of flight operations revolve around passengers and their positive travel experience. If disruptions or delays do occur, these solutions aim to minimize the negative effects on passengers and communicate changes in a transparent way. This is essential to an airline’s success. The successful NetLine/Ops ++ operations control solution helps here with its innovative eye-tracking feature. Employees in an operations control center sometimes have to monitor six screens showing current flights and information about potential disturbances. Analyzing the eye movements of operations controllers with the help of eye-tracking technology ensures that no important warnings or disruption notifications are overlooked.

“In light of the growing importance of digital solutions in the aviation industry – including in the areas of data sharing, analytics and prediction – we founded a company last year called zeroG,” said Lufthansa Systems CEO Stefan Auerbach. “zeroG is a consulting firm with the character of a start-up which can respond quickly and flexibly to changes in the market. With their expertise in IT and aviation, our zeroG consultants support digitalization projects inside and outside of the Lufthansa Group.”

The attached infographic provides an overview of current digitalization projects and innovative solutions. Excerpts can be provided upon request. An animated version of the infographic for digital use can be found on YouTube. (Copyright: Lufthansa Systems)
 

More information about Lufthansa Systems’ digitalization expertise is available online:

www.lhsystems.com or on YouTube: https://youtu.be/N8NcaYQBeSI

 

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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