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Feb 18, 2010

Bulgaria Air will use Lido/RouteManual, the navigation charts from Lufthansa Systems, for its Airbus and Boeing fleet.

Bulgaria Air will use Lido/RouteManual, the navigation charts from Lufthansa Systems, for its Airbus and Boeing fleet.

The two companies recently signed a five-year-contract to this effect which also includes an option to migrate to the electronic version of the charts (Lido/eRouteManual). The layout, colors and symbols are identical in the paper-based and the electronic version, which will make it easier for Bulgaria Air’s pilots to switch to Lido/eRouteManual.   

With the innovative solution the airline can optimize its flight operations and benefit from the high quality of the Lufthansa Systems navigation charts. The charts are generated directly from the Lido navigation database. They include true-to-scale geographic information such as terrain features and rivers. The charts include airport taxiway charts, approach and takeoff charts, and a seamless worldwide route chart. The value of Lido/RouteManual lies in the easy legibility and the clear structure of the individual charts. This reduces the pilots' workload in the cockpit, especially during key flight situations such as take-off and landing.   

Bulgaria Air is the national flag carrier of the Republic of Bulgaria. The airline offers flights to various cities in Europe, The Middle East and North Africa, as well as charter and business flights upon request to more than 124 other destinations. Bulgaria Air enjoys a high level of on-time performance and reliable connections with partner carriers to over 780 destinations worldwide. It has a new aircraft fleet and a flexible fare system.

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Feb 16, 2010

Integrated optimization of network and revenue management gives airlines a competitive edge    

Integrated optimization of network and revenue management gives airlines a competitive edge    

Lufthansa Systems today announced the release of its Integrated Commercial Platform (ICP), the latest step in its strategy to provide airlines with integrated platform solutions for optimizing their core processes. The new Integrated Commercial Platform covers all of an airline’s network and revenue management processes, ensuring a consistent, comprehensive overview of the information relevant to commercial planning. This provides airlines with a solid foundation of data for managing their business and contributes to a significant increase in profitability.    

"The Integrated Commercial Platform gives our customers a competitive edge by enabling them to respond more quickly and flexibly in a complex and dynamic market environment", said Wolfgang F. W. Gohde, CEO of Lufthansa Systems AG. "Now more than ever, economic success depends on this capability. Integrated IT platforms therefore are the future of the airline industry."   

The innovative product links all core network management processes, from market analysis, long- to medium-term network planning and schedule and codeshare management, to revenue management and pricing. The network planning and revenue management departments of an airline can directly access all of the data relevant to commercial planning via a portal. These data include fares, frequencies, average revenues and the market share of a route as well as current information on offers from competitors.    

One of the most innovative elements of the platform is the Opportunity Finder. This solution uses sophisticated algorithms and an integrated database to identify opportunities for generating additional revenues. With the portal and the Opportunity Finder, the Integrated Commercial Platform creates synergistic effects and offers greater benefits than standalone solutions.    

Now that airlines can see how a decision will affect all of their processes, they have entirely new opportunities for optimization available to them. They also have more flexibility and can make informed decisions more quickly in response to market changes.    

Two different departments are usually responsible for developing flight schedules (long- and short-term planning, market analysis, codeshare management) on the one hand and revenue management and pricing on the other hand. To achieve the optimal result for an airline, each department must be able to judge which effects its decisions have on the other department. This is exactly what the Integrated Commercial Platform makes possible. The Platform's standards also form the basis for connecting with partner airlines for cross-airline network planning.    

The Integrated Commercial Platform combines proven, successful products from the NetLine and ProfitLine suites: NetLine/Plan and NetLine/Sched for long- and short-term network planning, ProfitLine/Yield for revenue management, ProfitLine/Price for pricing, NetLine/Market for market and competitor analyses and SchedConnect for codeshare management. Like all of Lufthansa Systems’ platform solutions, the Integrated Commercial Platform is completely modular and can therefore be adapted precisely to the needs of each airline.    


Note to editors:    
Lufthansa Systems is one of the leading IT service providers for the airline and aviation industries worldwide. As a systems integrator with one of the most modern data centers in Europe, the wholly-owned subsidiary of the Lufthansa Group covers the entire range of IT services, including consulting, the development and implementation of industry solutions as well as system operation. Headquartered in Kelsterbach near Frankfurt/Main, Germany, the company has offices in Germany and 16 other countries and employs about 3,000 people worldwide. In business year 2008, Lufthansa Systems recorded sales of EUR 657 million.

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Feb 11, 2010

Austrian Airlines is the first carrier to use the new upgrade feature of Lufthansa Systems’ Internet check-in solution.

Austrian Airlines is the first carrier to use the new upgrade feature of Lufthansa Systems’ Internet check-in solution.

Passengers can buy an upgrade to Business Class while checking in online. This enables Austrian to generate extra revenues in times of permanently low yields.    

The Internet upgrade feature is part of the GroundSolutions check-in suite of which Austrian has been using the Internet (GroundSolutions/Web) and mobile device (GroundSolutions/Mobile) solutions for some time. With the new feature, the airline can individually control the availability and pricing of the upgrade offers depending on the booking situation of every single flight. Passengers can choose between payment via credit card or by spending their bonus miles.    

Austrian Airlines comprises the Austrian, Austrian arrows and Lauda Air brands. Its fleet of 96 aircraft serves 120 destinations worldwide. In 2009, 9.9 million passengers flew with Austrian Airlines Group.

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Feb 08, 2010

Air Dolomiti will fly with the navigation charts from Lufthansa Systems.

Air Dolomiti will fly with the navigation charts from Lufthansa Systems.

Both companies recently signed a 10-year-contract for the usage of Lido/RouteManual. The agreement also includes an option to migrate to the electronic version of the charts, Lido/eRouteManual. With the innovative solution the regional carrier can optimize its flight operations and benefit from the high quality of the Lufthansa Systems navigation charts.    

The navigation charts are generated directly from the Lido navigation database. They include true-to-scale geographic information such as terrain features and rivers. The charts include airport taxiway charts, approach and takeoff charts, and a seamless worldwide route chart. The value of Lido/RouteManual lies in the easy legibility and the clear structure of the individual charts. This reduces the pilots' workload in the cockpit, especially during key flight situations such as take-off and landing. Migrating to the electronic version of the charts later will enable the carrier to move forward to a paperless cockpit. The organization and structure of the paper charts are identical to those of the electronic version, making for a smooth shift to Lido/eRouteManual.    

Air Dolomiti was founded in 1989 and has since developed into one of the leading Italian regional carriers. The airline is a member of the Lufthansa Regional network and is headquartered in Verona. Air Dolomiti flies to over 11 destinations in Italy as well as to Munich, Frankfurt and Vienna and often operates ad-hoc charter flights. During the summer season the airline also offers flights to Italy’s top tourist destinations.

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