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Feb 02, 2010

Singapore Airlines calculated the route of its recent ASPIRE (Asia and Pacific Initiative to Reduce Emissions) flight with FreeFlight, one of the latest enhancements of Lufthansa Systems’ d

Singapore Airlines calculated the route of its recent ASPIRE (Asia and Pacific Initiative to Reduce Emissions) flight with FreeFlight, one of the latest enhancements of Lufthansa Systems’ dispatch solution Lido/Flight.

The flight, which departed Los Angeles on 31 January and reached Singapore on 2 February via Tokyo, achieved fuel savings of more than 10 tonnes and a reduction in carbon emissions of more than 33 tonnes.    

With FreeFlight, airlines can optimize routes in free flight airspaces in which airlines can choose any route between A and B without being restricted by airways. This significantly lowers the fuel consumption and reduces CO2 emissions. In free flight airspaces, an airline is allowed to plan the routings without a given airway structure. This opens up almost unlimited options to calculate the most-efficient routing. But it also increases the demand on flight planning systems dramatically. The highly complex procedure of calculating the most efficient trajectory in terms of distance, flight altitude, wind direction and speed in free flight airspaces requires highly intelligent optimization algorithms as well as high performance software procedures.

As an industry first, the FreeFlight module of Lido/Flight can optimize flight paths by using geographical co-ordinates instead of waypoints and radio beacons. The method of trajectory-based flight plan optimization dramatically improves the fuel efficiency of every flight. Lufthansa Systems’ first simulations of the economical impact of free flight trajectories in an artificial Single European Sky have shown fuel improvements of more than three percent. Therefore the environmental impact is significant.

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Jan 28, 2010

Leading planning solution including hosting significantly reduces IT costs    

Leading planning solution including hosting significantly reduces IT costs    

With NetLine SP Lufthansa Systems presents a comprehensive operational planning and control solution aimed specifically at start-up, regional and low-cost airlines. The IT solution combines the industry-renowned performance of the NetLine Suite with professional hosting in the Lufthansa Systems data center. This gives airlines the benefit of a full-fledged planning and control system for a low investment with a short amortization period.    

NetLine SP – short for NetLine Service Providing – is a clearly structured package consisting of NetLine/Sched, NetLine/Crew and NetLine/Ops. These basic components cover the key aspects of airline operations, including scheduling, crew management and operations control. Airlines may also opt for various supplemental modules such as NetLine/Crew CrewLink, NetLine/Ops MaintenanceControl or NetLine/Sched Slot Manager as well as special services such as project support or user training.    

"NetLine SP is ideal for start-ups, regional airlines and low-cost carriers, because it offers maximum flexibility for a minimum investment, along with transparent billing and the recognized quality of the NetLine Suite. This enables our customers in this segment to apply their generally scarce resources to their core business rather than having to adapt an oversized system to their needs", explained Dr. Ulrike Gall, Senior Vice President Airline Management Solutions at Lufthansa Systems.    

A low initial investment and short implementation times are often the decisive factors for low-cost or regional airlines planning to invest in IT. They expect providers to offer professional implementation management and competent post-implementation support. Furthermore, they need solutions which will grow along with them. NetLine SP meets all of these requirements. Because the system is operated in the Lufthansa Systems data center, it can lower airline IT operating costs in this field by up to 40 percent compared to hardware used on an individual basis. Implementation costs are also up to 20 percent lower than they would be in a traditional implementation project.   

NetLine SP is an integrated planning and control system which eliminates the need for airlines to invest in their own IT infrastructure. The roughly six-month implementation phase is much shorter than usual, and the monthly system costs are low. Also, if an airline’s requirements change, the airline can easily migrate to a customized ASP model. With product components tailored precisely to the needs of start-up, regional and low-cost carriers, NetLine SP is a significant new chapter in the NetLine Suite success story.    


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. Lufthansa Systems provides its infrastructure and consulting services to a variety of industries. Headquartered in Kelsterbach near Frankfurt/Main, Germany, the company has offices in Germany and 14 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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Jan 26, 2010

Further cost savings with innovative add-ons for flight planning    

Further cost savings with innovative add-ons for flight planning    

TAP continues to optimize its routes with Lido/Flight from Lufthansa Systems. The Portuguese airline recently anticipated the renewal of its contract until mid of 2017. The agreement also includes the implementation and use of further Lido/Flight add-ons such as Traffic Flow Restrictions (TFR) and Inflight Monitor (IFM).    

"Our goal is to differentiate ourselves with quality of service and operational efficiency. Lido/Flight is a powerful and state of the art tool that fully meets our requirements. It provides innovative functionalities to optimize our processes in flight operations and save fuel and costs", said António Aguiar, Flight Operations Technical Support Director of TAP.    

TAP has been using Lido/Flight since September 2006. The industry-leading flight planning solution provides dispatchers with a host of optimization options regarding flight time, fuel consumption or costs of each flight. Drawing on its own database, the integrated solution uses a number of parameters to calculate the optimal route for each flight, which leads to fuel savings of up to five percent. TAP will benefit from additional innovative add-ons of Lido/Flight. While TFR achieves fuel savings by taking the highly complex issue of temporarily restricted airways into account, the IFM module automatically monitors every flight which has been calculated but not yet completed. The system reports all updated airspace restrictions, airport and weather data.    

"I’m very pleased that TAP decided to further rely on our expertise. The extension of our long-standing cooperation demonstrates the value of Lido/Flight and strengthens its leading position in the market. Around 40 percent of all flights operated by European airlines are planned with our flight planning solution", comments Stefan Auerbach, Senior Vice President Sales EMEA at Lufthansa Systems.     

Lido/Flight is part of the Integrated Operations Control Center (IOCC) Platform from Lufthansa Systems. The integrated components of the IOCC Platform cover all aspects of airline operations, including schedule management, operations control, crew planning, flight planning and weight & balance. The IOCC Platform allows airlines to optimize the complex processes of their flight operations, resulting in considerable cost savings and added passenger satisfaction.    


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TAP Portugal is the leading Portuguese airline, in operation since 1945 and member of Star Alliance since March 14th, 2005. Its hub in Lisbon is a key European gateway at the crossroads of Africa, North and South America, where TAP stands out as the international leading carrier in operation to Brazil. The company’s network comprises 64 destinations in 30 countries worldwide. TAP currently operates over 1,850 weekly flights in average on a modern fleet of 56 Airbus aircraft, to which add some 16 aircraft operating in PGA colours, TAP regional carrier, thus adding up to a 72 aircraft fleet in the whole. In the pursuit of its customer focused policy, TAP continuously strives to deliver safe, reliable and upgraded products & services, tailored to meet customers’ expectations. Retaining the Portuguese character of the Company’s brand and quality service as the basic concept has been the main driver of TAP strategy in most recent years. Recognized and awarded by the World Travel Awards, in 2009, as the World’s Leading Airline to South America, TAP was also honoured by UNESCO and by the International Union of Geological Sciences with the IYPE Planet Earth Award 2010, in the category of Most Innovative Sustainable Product, in recognition of the achievements of the company’s Carbon Offset Program, the first one launched worldwide in partnership with IATA. More information available at www.flytap.com.    

Lufthansa Systems is one of the leading IT service providers for the airline and aviation industries worldwide. As a systems integrator, the wholly-owned subsidiary of the Lufthansa Group covers the entire range of IT services, including consulting, development and implementation of industry solutions and operation. Lufthansa Systems provides its infrastructure and consulting services to a variety of industries. Headquartered in Kelsterbach near Frankfurt/Main, Germany, the company has offices in Germany and 14 other countries and employs about 3,000 people worldwide. In business year 2008, Lufthansa Systems recorded revenues of EUR 657 million. For more details, see www.LHsystems.com.

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Jan 19, 2010

Lufthansa Systems today announced that it has expanded its successful cooperation with the German carrier Condor.

Lufthansa Systems today announced that it has expanded its successful cooperation with the German carrier Condor.

The airline recently signed a five-year-contract to continue to use the navigation charts Lido/RouteManual from Lufthansa Systems. Condor already implemented the IT provider’s resource management solution NetLine to optimize its planning and crew management.    

Lufthansa Systems' navigation charts are generated directly from its 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.    

Condor carries nearly six million passengers per year and offers flights to holiday destinations in Europe, Asia, Africa and America. The airline belongs to the Thomas Cook Group, a leading international leisure travel group.

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