Norwegian Air Shuttle has signed an eight-year agreement with Lufthansa Systems for its Lido/Flight offering for flight planning and NetLine/Sched scheduling software for crew and operations.
The system will allow the Scandinavian airline to save money from more efficient flight, crew and operations procedures, says Stefan Auerbach, Lufthansa Systems' senior vice-president airline solutions. Lufthansa Systems is hosting the IT package on its private cloud server.
NetLine/Sched offers planning tools for short-to-medium term flight scheduling using Lufthansa Systems' navigation database. The tool could save as much as 3% on the fuel bill for a mixed fleet, says Auerbach, with intercontinental travel generally providing greater savings. NetLine/Crew is designed to reduce duty days and optimise schedules for crews as well as provide tools for handling irregular operations due to an aircraft on ground or weather issues.
Norwegian Air Shuttle operates the second-largest fleet in Scandinavia, with 73 Boeing aircraft and a backlog of 222 orders for the Boeing 737-800, 737 Max and Airbus A320neo. It is also taking delivery of the Boeing 787-8.
"We opted for the IT solutions from Lufthansa Systems because the NetLine systems enable us to achieve the ideal balance between the company's operational requirements and the needs of our flight crews," says Asgeir Nyseth, Norwegian's chief operating officer.
Norwegian is a new customer for Lufthansa Systems.