TUI Airlines Rely on IT from Lufthansa Systems

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  • Group uses comprehensive IT package for navigation and schedule management

Kelsterbach, Germany | May 12, 2015– Lufthansa Systems today announced that the five holiday airlines of the TUI Group have opted for solutions from the airline IT specialist. For navigation, Lufthansa Systems is providing its contractual partner TUIfly as well as the other European airlines of the TUI Group with its complete range of Lido/Navigation solutions – paper-based and electronic charts as well as continually updated navigation and airport data. From the summer of 2015, the TUI airlines will also use the NetLine/Sched schedule management solution to optimize their fleet and slot planning. The holiday airlines of the TUI Group operate a fleet of around 140 aircraft.

TUIfly has already been using navigation solutions from Lufthansa Systems for around ten years – initially paper-based and later electronic. Other TUI airlines have also gradually migrated to the Lido products. With this new agreement, the contracts and standards will be harmonized from May 2015 and all airlines will have access to the same navigation solutions. “If we all use the same IT solutions in our airline group, it will help us simplify processes and make better use of our capacity,” said Henrik Homann, Managing Director Aviation at the TUI Group.

The navigation charts include depictions of airport runways as well as approach and departure procedures and a global route chart. The paper-based charts of Lido/RouteManual, the electronic charts of the Windows-based Lido/eRouteManual, and the charts of the Lido/mPilot iPad app are all identically arranged and feature clear color-coding and self-explanatory symbols to support the pilots’ visual thinking. All important route information, including altitude and airport data, is generated directly from the Lido/FMS navigation database, which has been used by the TUI airlines since the end of 2014. The Lido/AMM moving map application, which generates airport maps from the Lido/AMDB database, was also recently introduced.

The NetLine/Sched schedule management solution gives the TUI airlines a shared basis for planning, enabling them to arrange their schedules in a way that maximizes fleet efficiency. A powerful system which can quickly generate new schedules in the event of last-minute changes is especially important when it comes to the various requirements of charter and scheduled airlines. Thanks to its high degree of automation, NetLine/Sched optimally supports the planners at the TUI airlines and continually evaluates “what-if” scenarios and their cost-effectiveness. The TUI airlines additionally use the NetLine/Sched Slot Manager and Slot Monitor modules to apply for airport takeoff and landing slots more efficiently and maintain an overview of their slot use.

“We are delighted that the TUI airlines are now all using our IT solutions for navigation and scheduling,” said Marco Cesa, Senior Vice President Regional Management EMEA at Lufthansa Systems. “This is a testament to their great satisfaction with our products as well as trust and close cooperation.”

The TUI Group includes the airlines TUIfly, Thomson Airways, TUIfly Nordic, Jetairfly and ArkeFly. The TUI airlines have a fleet of around 140 medium- and long-haul aircraft. They serve more than 180 destinations worldwide, especially long-distance international holiday destinations.

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