October 21, 2010

Jeppesen to Provide Crew Pairing, Rostering and Bidding Management System for Swiss International Air Lines

Jeppesen Crew Pairing, Rostering and Bidding solution will help Swiss International Air Lines improve crew planning efficiency

Englewood, Colo. | 21 Oct 2010 | By Jeppesen

Jeppesen and Swiss International Air Lines recently agreed to a new contract to provide Jeppesen Crew Pairing, Crew Rostering and Crew Bidding solutions for the Zurich-based carrier. The Jeppesen Crew Pairing, Rostering and Bidding system being implemented will increase operational efficiency by shortening the crew planning process, while also providing increased crew system data accuracy.

The crew management system provided by Jeppesen will allow the airline to create crew pairings at a minimal cost through integrating Jeppesen crew pairing optimization solutions. The Jeppesen Crew Rostering application allows for creation of crew rosters that consider crew preferences, relevant constraints on duty time, rest time, days off, time zones and other factors.

“Our studies have identified clear and concrete benefits that are offered by the Jeppesen crew products, such as providing better support for our crew members when they enter their bids using an entry validation process,” said Rainer Hiltebrand, chief operating officer, Swiss. “Additionally, the new crew bidding and planning interfaces will be connected, creating a new system that will immediately present our crew members with scheduled assignments and available flights.”

The Jeppesen crew management system meets the demands of a rapidly evolving airline business environment, by adapting quickly to staff needs and market conditions. The new system will also work to spread overall Swiss crew workload more evenly through a blend of “preferential bidding” and “fair share” crew rostering practices. Jeppesen’s experience with both crew operating procedures was a positive determining factor for Swiss to sign the new agreement.

“The Jeppesen crew management system will help Swiss optimize their crew operations to reduce overhead costs and increase overall efficiency,” said Thomas Wede, Jeppesen senior vice president and general manager, Aviation. “In a highly competitive commercial aviation marketplace, we are pleased to enter into this new partnership with a leading carrier of Europe by providing a high level of service and understanding the unique crew management needs of Swiss.”

Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) serves 73 destinations in 39 countries throughout the world during its summer air service schedule. The airline operates a fleet of 87 aircraft from its Zurich, Switzerland hub and from additional Swiss international airports in Basel and Geneva.

For more information on the industry-leading crew optimizations solutions provided by Jeppesen, please visit our crew and fleet management solutions site.

About Jeppesen

For more than 75 years Jeppesen has made it possible for pilots and their passengers to safely and efficiently reach their destinations. Today this pioneering spirit continues as Jeppesen delivers essential information and optimization solutions to improve the efficiency of air, sea and rail operations around the globe. Jeppesen is a subsidiary of Boeing Commercial Aviation Services, a unit of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

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