Virgin Blue Enhances Operational Efficiency With Loadcontrol from Lufthansa

Australian carrier to see lower costs and higher flexibility in aircraft handling (Kelsterbach, August 24, 2009) -- Lufthansa Systems has taken a further step in enhancing its presence in Australia and the Pacific by winning Virgin Blue Airlines as its latest customer. Both companies signed a long term contract for the implementation of LoadControl, one of the world's leading weight & balance solutions at the airline. After the implementation, Virgin Blue will benefit from lower fuel consumption in its daily flight operations. "LoadControl is a renowned weight & balance application. This proven solution will take our aircraft handling processes to a new level of efficiency. In the current economic environment, this will enhance our competitive position through better aircraft load planning," said Virgin Blue Chief Operations Officer, Andrew David. LoadControl optimizes the load planning of an aircraft, resulting in an increased payload available for additional passengers, baggage or cargo. Proven with major airlines, this both generates additional revenue potential and reduced fuel consumption of up to 0.5 % per flight. Its "Auto Load Planning" capabilities and the fully automated "Time Driven Mode" also reduce process costs and improve reliability. "Lufthansa Systems is proud to be Virgin Blue's partner in this ambitious project. This contract covers more than just an aircraft handling system. It will open the door for Virgin Blue to reach a whole new level of efficiency in their operational processes. We are delighted that after a very thorough evaluation of solutions available, Virgin Blue chose Lufthansa Systems, and we are committed to making this project a great success", explained Norbert Muller, Senior Vice President Sales Asia-Pacific at Lufthansa Systems.
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Source: Lufthansa Systems AG
Date: Aug 24, 2009