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Industry Segment
Airlines & Other Operators

Despite a strong demand for air travel, airlines continue to face a challenging, highly regulated environment and thin net profit margins. Although falling fuel prices have reduced operating costs and improved cash flow, competition remains stiff and forces airlines to cope with more and more complex optimization problems at the planning and operations levels to be profitable.

Working with many of the leading OEMs, engine manufacturers and airlines for more than two decades has enabled us to develop a range of innovative products that directly respond to the challenges of the international aviation community. We closely collaborate with performance and cabin engineers, senior training captains, fuel conservation and operational efficiency managers, EFB teams and consultants to deliver hands-on support for strategic and operational tasks.

Fuel & operational efficiency management

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Airlines committed to reducing fuel burn and emissions and improving their fleet’s operational efficiency must aim to operate as closely to the optimum flight path as possible.

PACE’s flight profile optimization tools for EFBs enable pilots to proactively seek ways of minimizing trip cost by adapting speeds and altitudes to changing conditions en route in all phases of the flight. Giving flight crews a clear understanding of the economic impact of their on-board actions helps airlines tap into a significant unused fuel-saving potential.

Your benefits

  • Save 1-4% of fuel per year, depending on aircraft type and FMS capability
  • Increase profitability of flights (> 7% higher EBIT)
  • Leverage the availability of real-time aircraft and weather data
  • Better manage on-time performance

Strategic fleet assignment

Strategic fleet assignment significantly affects total network profitability, yet finding the perfect match between aircraft types and routes remains one of airlines’ most complex optimization tasks.

PACE software for route network and aircraft economic analysis helps optimize the deployment of existing fleets by analyzing the suitability of different aircraft types on specific routes in terms of technical performance, payload capacity, operational costs and potential revenues.

Your benefits

  • Make more efficient use of the available aircraft resources
  • Better match payload capacity to customer demand
  • Maintain high load factors in peak and off-peak times
  • Trade off complementary objectives such as maximizing revenue and minimizing costs over the operated network
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Fleet planning

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The two most critical decisions an airline has to make are where to fly and what to fly, the answers to which are far from straightforward. Faced with a large selection of products with comparable range and capacity, airlines need to trade off a number of conflicting selection criteria including aircraft economics, technical, operational and environmental performance and cabin comfort.

PACE software for route network and aircraft economic analysis deliver quick and practical answers based on an objective comparative analysis, which takes into account airline-specific business models and operating characteristics.

Your benefits

  • Assess the potential of existing and future fleets and select the right mix for your market, competition and customer segments
  • Assess the economic viability of route network extensions or modifications
  • Ensure a level playing field by analyzing alternatives in the same realistic operational settings
  • Furnish a reliable basis for decisions that require large capital investments and long-term commitments

Cabin engineering

As key drivers of the overall customer experience, the layout and design of passenger cabins and the associated service and comfort levels are crucial to maintaining airlines’ brand equity and profitability.

Our out-of-the-box aircraft and cabin configurator helps airlines stay abreast of changing passenger expectations, fluctuating demand and new business requirements and provides invaluable decision-making support for aircraft acquisition and refurbishment projects.

Your benefits

  • Use the cabin space efficiently to create interiors that meet current market conditions
  • Accurately forecast and compare seat capacity, PAX/trolley ratio and other key metrics
  • Optimize cabin configurations to add more revenue-generating seats or to increase passenger comfort
  • Down-select your options before entering negotiations with aircraft manufacturers and component suppliers
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Virtual training & operations support

The emergence of virtual and augmented reality-based technologies and wearable computing present significant new opportunities that redefine the way pilots and maintenance technicians are qualified and supported in their day-to-day activities.

Leveraging your existing training materials and know-how, we develop custom software solutions - from CBTs to fully immersive environments - that combine cutting-edge VR/AR technology and training methodology to empower the next generation of aerospace professionals.

Your benefits

  • Lower your costs and safety risks
  • Increase engagement and knowledge retention
  • Boost the capabilities and efficiency of your flight and maintenance crews
  • Establish a continuous feedback loop to improve training and procedures