As a flight planning customer, what should I consider next from your portfolio to enhance my operation?
We took this question to Matt Buettner, Director, Flight Planning & Dispatch Solutions for Jeppesen. Here are excerpts from our discussion with Matt:
Users of Jeppesen’s flight planning solutions are ideally positioned to take the next step in improving their operational efficiency. Not only because they’re already working with a solution that can be tailored to meet their operational needs, but because flight planning is a core functionality upon which other solutions can be easily integrated. That said there are two ways to answer this question:
Phase of Flight—Flight planning, along with other tools, falls in the Pre-Flight phase of what Jeppesen calls the Flight Optimization Ecosystem (below).
With a robust flight planning tool in place, an operations leader can ask: How can we continue to optimize during flight? The portfolio includes tools that enable continuous optimization in-flight to adjust for changing conditions such as wind, traffic, routing, temperature or other factors. Once the right tool(s) are in place for the Flight phase, it’s easy to move into Post-Flight and complete the ecosystem. Our analytics tools provide insights into where the biggest opportunities lie to save fuel, improve efficiency and leverage the power of data. Through our fully-integrated system, we provide a data-rich feedback loop so that tomorrow’s operation can be more efficient than today’s.
Needs-Based—A second approach is based upon finding a particular solution to address the operation’s most significant problems. For example, while fuel costs are not the issue they once were, no airline can afford to ignore what remains a significant operational cost. So, even though a product like a fuel dashboard is in the Post-Flight phase of the eco-system, it may be the best solution to consider. An active fuel management solution, integrated with optimized flight planning, can be a powerful change management tool—creating shared visibility for responsible fuel management and providing actionable data to inform more efficient flight planning.
Regardless of the approach, the most important thing is to think long-term. What should your operation’s specific Flight Optimization Ecosystem look like? What metrics do you want from your system? How will you turn data into action? How can your ecosystem best position your operation for the future? Thinking long-term provides an opportunity for efficiencies to grow exponentially, not sequentially.