Digitalization & Innovation

Key Industry Challenges - how IT could shape the future of Airlines

Dienstag, 11. May 2021, 8:15
As an integral part of the aviation ecosystem we as Lufthansa Systems would like to introduce this new blog to share our latest views on the current market environment and especially our insights on how innovative technologies could help airlines thrive in the new normal. In this first post, we will dive into the seven most pressing challenges, currently facing the airline industry from our point of view.

How to optimize your slot management on the day of ops!

Mittwoch, 14. Oct 2020, 8:54
The efficient management of airport slots is very challenging nowadays. Especially in these bumpy times, airlines face many ad-hoc schedule changes resulting in high amounts of slot change messages on the day of ops. As a consequence, this leads to great efforts for slot coordinator communication requiring efficient IT solutions. This is where the NetLine/Sched Slot Manager Short Term Mode comes in!

Successful virtual collaboration in 10 steps

Donnerstag, 09. Jul 2020, 7:27
The situation of the last months has drastically increased the demand to work virtually with customers. In this blog we would like to share our learnings regarding remote workshops during the Corona crisis.

The value of baggage: dynamic pricing methods for ancillaries

Mittwoch, 24. Jun 2020, 11:46
One of the current hot topics in airline revenue management and distribution is dynamic pricing. However, most endeavors focus on dynamic prices for the seat, while little effort thus far has been spent on dynamic pricing of ancillaries. We want to change this by looking into dynamic pricing for the first bag ancillary.

Multithreading – How we made the world’s fastet Network Planning tool even faster

Donnerstag, 05. Mar 2020, 13:09
In addition to transparency and accuracy, the evaluation of new routes is primarily about speed: changes in the market must be responded to quickly, new routes must be evaluated at record speed. Of course this requires the use of modern technology. In this blog I will explain what Multithreading is and how our NetLine/Plan customers benefit from it.

Passenger Connection Management in scheduling – why Origin and Destination (OnD) matters (2/2)

Freitag, 05. Jul 2019, 9:28
This blog post continues the discussion, why minding passenger connections is so crucial for any network carrier. We outline challenges, a roadmap and a passenger connection evolution ladder for decision support in scheduling.

Passenger Connection Management in scheduling – why Origin and Destination (OnD) matters (1/2)

Mittwoch, 22. May 2019, 9:28
The ability of offering passenger connections is one of the unique selling propositions of any network carrier. Enabling this USP requires a smart scheduling approach, in which the network goes through constant optimization and in which the individual itineraries (offered for purchase and booked already) are protected as good as possible. This blog post discusses reasons why minding passenger connections is so crucial, why modern scheduling systems often lack Origin and Destination (OnD) decision support and how smart system design can bridge this gap.

Automation strategies within the Initial Submission process (Part 2 of 2)

Mittwoch, 08. May 2019, 6:30
Efficient management of airport slots is very challenging nowadays. Air traffic grows and so does the amount of fully coordinated airports. This makes the Initial Submission more and more complex. This blog is therefore about automation strategies within this important Slot Management process.

Automation strategies within the Initial Submission process (Part 1 of 2)

Mittwoch, 17. Apr 2019, 6:22
Efficient management of airport slots is very challenging nowadays. Air traffic grows and so does the amount of fully coordinated airports. Especially during the Initial Submission airlines needs to be sure to achieve an optimum slot utilization. Automation can support here tremendously.  

Lufthansa Systems and LMT presenting their vision of a UTM platform

Montag, 25. Mar 2019, 12:46
At the end of February, Lufthansa Systems had the opportunity to take part in Mobile World Congress presenting an innovative UTM system which will be tested this year together with mobile operator from Latvia – LMT. The main purpose is to approve or deny unmanned operations based on terrain, airspace and current weather conditions.

Future Ramp (Part 3): Digitalize Your Turnaround Management

Mittwoch, 20. Feb 2019, 7:13
Punctual turnarounds have become a critical factor for success for airline operations, though it is still a relatively uncharted territory for many airlines. Therefore it shall be part of any airlines digitalization strategy.  The biggest obstacle however is the laborious gathering of the necessary data. “Turnaround Management 3.0” might be a solution.

Save Time and Effort with the Lido eRouteManual

Freitag, 25. Jan 2019, 6:28
With the release of Lido/eRouteManual 4.9, we are providing new features which will save time and ease pilots' workflow. The latest release of our Windows-based application includes four new features: runway pre-selection in the Lido/AMM, configuration options for company polygons, support of new position data providers, and Significant Meteorological Information (SIGMET) texts displayed directly within the attribute lookup. 

How to manage business transformation in CAMO/MRO projects

Mittwoch, 09. Jan 2019, 13:05
Coping with ambiguous regulations and effects of digitalization: Please read this blog that describes the challenges for airlines’ CAMO/MRO organizations and how CAMO/MRO consulting can support

Real-time Slot Management with Web Services

Montag, 10. Dec 2018, 10:30
More and more airports become slot coordinated nowadays – but two obstacles apply hereby: First, this information exchange between airlines and airport coordinator is still done manually on an email base. Second, this process produces useless waste response times. The solution for the first deal breaker are slot management tools. The solution for the second obstacle are web services, which is the main topic for the following blog.

How to successfully make conduct a large IT transformation: Insights

Donnerstag, 29. Nov 2018, 14:08
From a project management point of view a big IT transformation project contains the three important steps: (1) Assessment of the current processes and data flows, (2) Description of the (target-) IT architecture and (3) Definition and documentation of the requirements. In this blog we would like to provide you with some insights, as each of these steps may contain some tripping hazards. 

News from the 17th EFB Users Forum in London/Heathrow

Mittwoch, 28. Nov 2018, 10:47
From the 13th to 15th of November, over 300 aviation professionals headed to London Heathrow for the EFB Users Forum. Among the delegates was our Product Owner for Lido/eRouteManual, Andreas Medlhammer. Read on for his summary and key insights from the event.

The vision of a fully consistent passenger journey

Donnerstag, 15. Nov 2018, 18:22
How to close the “digital gap” in the customer journey at minimum cost

Resilient Airline Scheduling and Operations

Donnerstag, 25. Oct 2018, 9:46
Optimize on-time performance based on delay risk prediction scheduling until day of Ops

Future Ramp: How to create a good Ramp Agent Dashboard (Part 2)

Donnerstag, 18. Oct 2018, 13:27
Future Ramp: In part 2 my blog sequence “How to create a good Ramp Agent Dashboard” I add five more recommendations for a professional Ramp Agent Dashboard design. If you like to hear more about the Ramp Agent Workspace Solution approach, come and listen to my presentation in one week at the Airline & Aerospace MRO & Flight Operations IT Conference APAC, Bangkok, Thailand

The OCC-“Allrounder” or the “eierlegende Wollmilchsau”

Sonntag, 02. Sep 2018, 22:00
Often organizations are stuck in their old structures in times of fast growth, often manpower and resources are limited, sometimes a “we always did it like that” policy prevents required adjustments to changing environments. It is time for a change.

Future Ramp: Digitalize Your Ramp!

Donnerstag, 19. Apr 2018, 15:13
Are you a digitalized airline? I am sure, you will say “Yes” or “We are just transforming”. I totally agree with you, when looking at the area of the passenger travel experience. But do your digitalization activities also include the ramp? If not, I would like to invite you to follow this blog series about the “Future Ramp”.