Lufthansa's former flight preparation procedures department, now an independent company in the Lufthansa group, is set to expand its international customer base by up to 50%.

Kai Kosicki, director marketing and sales of Lufthansa Aeronautical Services - Lido Gmbh - says the requirements of airlines in this region parallel those of the company's existing clients, which include Air Canada, Alitalia, Condor, Emirates, Martinair Holland, Lufthansa, Lufthansa Cargo and Sun Express.

Lido (Stand A161) offers an integrated flight planning concept which supports long-term tasks, such as route and schedule planning, and provides budgetary information about operational fuel costs and ATC charges. Important planning parameters can be extracted for controlling purposes.

Lufthansa's on-going development of an integrated flight planning concept dates back to 1992 when an electronic data processing system was developed, ultimately going into service with the airline in January 1996.

Dr Roland Busch, Lido's managing director finance, says 30% of the company's current turnover comes from external customer contracts. He adds: "We expect to expand our business by 50% in the near future."

Source: Flight Daily News