Group agreement with Lufthansa Systems optimizes codeshare connections and harmonizes administration within the Group

Raunheim | August 13, 2019–Lufthansa Systems announced that the airlines of the Lufthansa Group will continue to use its SchedConnect codeshare management solution. SchedConnect helps airlines optimize the handling of codeshare flights, reduce costs and increase revenues. By signing the group agreement, the five airlines – Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian Airlines, Air Dolomiti and Edelweiss Air – will also enjoy standardized administration, which will reduce complexity and costs.

“Our innovative SchedConnect codeshare management solution was already being used successfully by a few separate airlines in the Lufthansa Group. This joint agreement will now generate additional long-term synergies that will benefit all the airlines,” said Renata Widmann, Key Account Manager Lufthansa Group Airlines at Lufthansa Systems.

SchedConnect is currently the most technologically advanced system of its kind. It processes around 360 million schedule changes per year and identifies the potential effects on codeshare connections. The solution guarantees a high degree of automation in order to calculate the best codeshare connections for the 35 customers and their partners. If a minimum connecting time is not met due to a schedule change or if a partner flight is canceled, SchedConnect assigns the marketing flight number to another suitable connecting flight operated by a partner. Changes are sent through the reservation systems to travel agents and customers as well as to the operations and passenger-related systems of the airlines involved.

“In a Group with shared goals, the only way to achieve success is by acting together. Despite the airlines’ different needs, we quickly found a suitable solution through pragmatic, constructive cooperation,” said Olivier Krüger, CEO of Lufthansa Systems. “This project is another example of the role Lufthansa Systems plays as a strategic partner in the digital transformation of airlines and of the close collaboration within the Lufthansa Group.”

Lufthansa Systems’ product optimizes management of codeshare flights

Raunheim | May 30, 2018–Lufthansa Systems today announced that Egypt Air will continue to use its SchedConnect codeshare management solution for the next five years. The airline recently renewed its contract with the aviation IT provider. SchedConnect helps airlines optimize the management of codeshare flights, reduce costs and increase revenues. Egypt Air has been using the solution since 2008.

“Our experience with SchedConnect has been excellent. As a member of the Star Alliance, we benefit from synchronized flight schedules inside and outside the airline alliance, for example,” said the Manager of the Schedule Management Department at Egypt Air. “Other plus points include the high-quality service from Lufthansa Systems and the many useful features. Thanks to the high degree of automation, we have saved a significant amount of time and money in our daily codeshare management tasks since introducing SchedConnect.”

SchedConnect is currently the most technologically advanced system of its kind. The solution ensures a high degree of automation by processing schedule data from 25 customers and their codeshare partners to calculate the optimal codeshare connections for the customers’ current schedules on a daily basis. If a minimum connecting time is violated due to a schedule change or if a partner flight is canceled, SchedConnect assigns the marketing flight number to another suitable connecting flight operated by the partner. Changes are sent through the reservation systems to travel agents and customers as well as to the operations and passenger-related systems of the airlines involved. In addition to SchedConnect, Egypt Air is also using the Lido/Flight 4D flight planning solution, the NetLine/Plan network planning solution and the Sirax AirFinance Platform for revenue accounting.

“Lufthansa Systems and Egypt Air are linked by a long-standing partnership. We have worked together since 2006 and look forward to our future cooperation. The renewed contract is a sign of the quality of our products,” said Marco Cesa, Senior Vice President Regional Management EMEA at Lufthansa Systems.

Egypt Air is the national carrier of Egypt, with headquarters in Cairo. It was founded in May 1932 as the seventh airline in the world. Since starting flight operations 86 years ago, the airline has experienced significant growth. Egypt Air now serves more than 75 destinations in numerous countries, with its biggest market in Europe and the Middle East. The airline operates scheduled passenger flights as well as cargo flights on a variety of international, regional and domestic routes. Egypt Air joined the Star Alliance in 2008.

  • SchedConnect contract extended for another five years

Raunheim, Germany | November 24, 2016– Lufthansa Systems today announced that Avianca Holdings will continue to manage its codeshare connections with SchedConnect. This solution from Lufthansa Systems flexibly adapts the management of codeshare flights to schedule changes and offers a high degree of automation. This enables Avianca to optimize its codeshare management while reducing costs and enhancing its competitiveness. The company recently signed a five-year contract extension for the solution.

“Even though we are pleased with the Lufthansa Systems numerous products we are using already, we evaluated the codeshare management solutions of several IT providers. Especially the concept of having a system with central flight repository and real time schedule synchronization in Avianca’s airline group leads to essential benefits for us. The comprehensive codeshare management features, the high automation and synchronization of schedules within the Star Alliance airlines and beyond is a great unique selling proposition (USP) of Lufthansa Systems’ SchedConnect solution,” said Eduardo Asmar, Senior Vice President Strategy and Network at Avianca Holdings. “We expect this to deliver significant cost savings as well as additional revenues.”

SchedConnect offers a high level of automation by receiving and sending schedule data of over 150 airlines worldwide and calculating the optimal codeshare connections for the current customer schedules on a daily basis. Each and every month, five million codeshare connections on average are calculated using SchedConnect. If a minimum connecting time cannot be ensured due to a schedule change or if a partner flight is canceled, SchedConnect assigns the marketing flight number to another suitable connecting flight operated by the partner. Changes are sent through the reservation systems to travel agents and customers as well as to the operations and passenger-related systems of the airlines involved.

Avianca Holdings and Lufthansa Systems have been commercial partners since 2004. “Avianca Holdings already uses several products from our NetLine suite as well as ProfitLine/Price and Lido/Flight. Additional solutions like NetLine/Ops and NetLine/Crew are currently being implemented,” said Greg Cork, Senior Vice President Regional Management Americas at Lufthansa Systems. “By renewing this contract, we are further expanding our long-standing partnership with a strategically important customer.”

Based in Panama, Avianca Holdings is the parent group of Avianca Colombia and the TACA Group, which in turn includes regional carriers Lacsa – Costa Rica, TACA International – El Salvador, Aviateca – Guatemala, TACA de Honduras and TACA Peru. Other group airlines include Aerogal – Ecuador and Avianca Cargo. The Avianca Holdings airlines specialize in air cargo and passenger transport and operate a combined fleet of 155 aircraft. Overall, the subsidiary airlines serve 100 direct destinations in 26 countries in North, Central and South America. Avianca Holdings is a Star Alliance member, which enables it to offer its passengers connections to more than 1,300 airports in 192 countries worldwide.

  • Israeli airline opts for SchedConnect – expansion of long-standing customer relationship

Raunheim, Germany | October 5, 2016– Lufthansa Systems today announced that EL AL Israel Airlines now manages its codeshare connections using SchedConnect. This solution from Lufthansa Systems flexibly adapts the management of codeshare flights to schedule changes and offers a high degree of automation. This enables EL AL to optimize its codeshare management while reducing costs and enhancing its competitiveness. The two companies signed a five-year agreement for the solution which is in use since mid-September.

“We previously coordinated our codeshare connections largely manually. Thanks to the extensive automation of the system, SchedConnect will considerably simplify our codeshare management, prevent errors and optimize processes,” said Sandu Jacob, Data Base Department Manager, Scheduling & Distribution System Division at EL AL. “We expect significant cost savings from this as well as additional revenues.”

SchedConnect offers a high degree of automation by calculating the optimum codeshare connections on a daily basis. To do this, the system processes schedule data from over 150 airlines worldwide. Each and every month, five million codeshare connections on average are calculated using SchedConnect. If a minimum connecting time fails to be met due a schedule change or a partner flight is canceled, the system automatically assigns the marketing flight number to another suitable connecting flight from the partner. Changes are sent through the reservation systems to travel agents and customers as well as to the operations and passenger-related systems of the airlines involved.

“EL AL has been our customer for over ten years, and we are delighted that, in choosing SchedConnect, it has opted for yet another solution from our company,” said Marco Cesa, Senior Vice President Regional Management EMEA. “EL AL can now benefit from the advantages of a professional codeshare management system with a central flight schedule database and the automated exchange of schedule data.”

In addition to SchedConnect, EL AL uses the leading Lido/Flight flight planning solution, manages its crews with NetLine/Crew and entertains passengers with the wireless BoardConnect in-flight entertainment system.

EL AL Israel Airlines, Israel’s flag carrier, was founded in 1948 and offers more nonstop flights to and from Israel than any other airline. EL AL flies from Israel to 35 destinations and serves hundreds of others worldwide through partnerships and codeshare agreements with other airlines. EL AL embodies Israel’s innovative spirit and is known for its authentic hospitality.

  • Lufthansa Systems expands cooperation with Scandinavian airline

Raunheim | October 15, 2015– Lufthansa Systems today announced that the Scandinavian airline SAS (Scandinavian Airlines System) will use its SchedConnect codeshare management solution. The two companies recently signed a five-year agreement to this effect.

“At SAS, we want to make our customers’ life easier by providing hundreds of world-wide destinations. Therefore, we combine our route network with several partner networks, such as Star Alliance. To ensure an even more seamless experience, we will rely on SchedConnect from Lufthansa Systems to manage our codeshare connections efficiently in the future,” said Tobias Jönsson, Vice President Revenue Management at SAS.

SchedConnect is currently the most technologically advanced system of its kind. The
solution offers a high level of automation by receiving and sending schedule data of around 25 customers and its codeshare partners and calculating the optimal codeshare connections for the current customer schedules on a daily basis. The system processes up to 45 million schedule changes each month for its customers. If a minimum connecting time is violated due to a schedule change or if a partner flight is canceled, SchedConnect assigns the marketing flight number to another suitable connecting flight operated by the partner. Changes are sent through the reservation systems to travel agents and customers as well as to the operations and passenger-related systems of the airlines involved.

In addition to supplying and implementing SchedConnect, Lufthansa Systems will take charge of the solution’s smooth operation. The application will be sub-hosted on a high-quality server, with Lufthansa Systems handling coordination with the provider.

“As a fully integrated network carrier and member of Star Alliance, codeshare management at SAS is particularly intensive. With SchedConnect, we are offering our customer a system that can reliably process the mass and complexity of data from its 23 codeshare partners,” explained Marco Cesa, Senior Vice President Regional Management EMEA at Lufthansa Systems.

SAS consists of three Scandinavian carriers from Denmark; Norway and Sweden. The airline has its base in Stockholm and is one of the leading airlines in Europe. From its hubs in Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm SAS serves destinations worldwide with a fleet of 132 aircraft.

Picture description: “SchedConnect’s graphical visualization of codeshare connections facilitates user’s understanding of complex and comprehensive co-operations.”

Germany | August 11, 2015– Brussels Airlines will continue working with the SchedConnect codeshare management solution from Lufthansa Systems. The two companies recently renewed their agreement for another five years. This confirms the customer’s satisfaction with the IT solution from Lufthansa Systems. The proven codeshare management system also offers several new functionalities. Among other things, SchedConnect will make it possible to integrate the new Altea passenger service system (PSS) which is being used by Brussels Airlines.

SchedConnect calculates the optimal codeshare connections for the respective airline on a daily basis. To do this, the system processes schedule data from more than 150 airlines worldwide. If a minimum connecting time fails to be met due to a schedule change or a partner flight is canceled, the system automatically assigns the marketing flight number to another suitable connecting flight from the partner. Changes are sent through the reservation systems to travel agents and customers as well as to the operative and passenger-related systems of the airlines involved. The SchedConnect IT solution therefore offers a high degree of automation.

Brussels Airlines is the leading Belgian airline and a member of the Star Alliance. The airline offers flights to more than 90 destinations in Europe, North America and Africa. Brussels Airlines operates more than 300 flights daily with a fleet of 49 aircraft.

-Taiwanese airline will use NetLine/Sched and SchedConnect/Long-term cooperation

Kelsterbach, Germany | May 21, 2013– Lufthansa Systems today announced that the Taiwanese airline EVA Air will use IT solutions from Lufthansa Systems for its scheduling and codeshare management. The airline has signed a 10-year contract for the use of NetLine/Sched for scheduling and SchedConnect for codeshare management and schedule distribution. Using the latest IT solutions will enable EVA Air to optimize its scheduling processes and the management of its codeshare flights while lowering costs and increasing revenues.

“An optimum schedule is a decisive competitive factor for airlines in a hotly contested market. This is why we have decided to replace our in-house solution and rely on the technological know-how of the airline IT experts at Lufthansa Systems. This will bring us significantly closer to our goal of becoming a leading global network carrier,” said Jerry Wu, DJVP of Project Division, at EVA Air.

NetLine/Sched covers all processes for medium- to short-term flight scheduling. Airlines can use the solution to modify their flight plans and schedules in a way to increase the overall capacity utilization of their aircraft. The systems also make it possible to evaluate “what if” scenarios and gauge their cost-effectiveness. The system supports planners in making decisions and provides high-quality optimization tools to improve the quality of flight schedules from an operational and commercial perspective.

SchedConnect offers a high degree of automation, calculating the optimum codeshare assignments based on the current flight schedules every day. The system processes schedule data of more than 150 airlines worldwide. If a minimum connecting time is violated due to a schedule change or if a partner flight is canceled, the system automatically assigns the marketing flight number to another suitable connecting flight. Changes are sent through the reservation systems to travel agents and customers as well as to the operations and passenger-related systems of the airlines involved. Lufthansa Systems offers its codeshare management solution as an Application Service Providing (ASP) model, delivering 24/7 server operation and state-of-the-art infrastructure services.

“Following the successful introduction of Lido/Flight last year, we are delighted that EVA Air has opted for additional products from our portfolio. The NetLine/Sched and SchedConnect IT solutions will optimize the airline’s scheduling and codeshare management and pave the way for its membership in the Star Alliance,” said Olivier Krüger, SVP Regional Management Asia/Pacific at Lufthansa Systems.

Headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, the Taiwanese carrier EVA Air was founded in 1989 as a subsidiary of the Evergreen Group. From its base at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, the airline serves a dense route network of 64 destinations in Taiwan and abroad with its fleet of 61 passenger and cargo aircraft. EVA Air will become a member of the Star Alliance from June 18th.

Kelsterbach, Germany | October 2, 2012– Air Canada will manage its codeshare flights with SchedConnect from Lufthansa Systems. Both companies recently signed a five-year contract to this effect. The leading solution enables Air Canada to optimize its codeshare management and to lower costs and increase revenue. Lufthansa Systems will host the new system in its own data center.

“With more than 20 partner airlines, Air Canada needed a solution to better manage its code share relationships. SchedConnect’s modular approach allowed the tool to be easily integrated into Air Canada’s existing applications in order to deliver optimized code share connections to and from the Air Canada network in a timely manner,” said Marcel Forget, Air Canada’s Vice President of Network Planning.

SchedConnect offers a high degree of automation, calculating the optimum codeshare assignments based on the current flight schedules every day. The system processes schedule data of more than 150 airlines worldwide. If a minimum connecting time is violated due to a schedule change or if a partner flight is cancelled, the system automatically assigns the marketing flight number to another suitable connecting flight. Changes are sent through the reservation systems to travel agents and customers as well as to the operations and passenger-related systems of the airlines involved. Lufthansa Systems offers its codeshare management solution as an Application Service Providing (ASP) model, delivering 24/7 server operation and state-of-the-art infrastructure services.

“We are very proud that Air Canada has decided to expand our cooperation and look forward to continuing the trusted relationship. The new agreement confirms the high value that our products offer our customers in terms of enhanced efficiency, reduced costs or increased profits,” says Klaus Bernhardt, Senior Vice President Regional Management Americas at Lufthansa Systems.

Air Canada uses a wide range of IT solutions from Lufthansa Systems since 2008, including the IOCC Platform which controls and monitors all aspects of airline operations which are closely interlinked in practice.