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Customer Story: Transportation

Lufthansa Systems depends on Actian to ensure thousands of flights go smoothly for millions of passengers worldwide

Challenge
Leading IT service provider needed a robust and stable database platform to underpin its airline planning and routing software that it sells to hundreds of airlines globally to ensure every flight is a safe one
Solution
Actian Ingres database and Actian OpenROAD platform were chosen to support the company’s Lido/Flight-Planning application that is used by airlines to operate thousands of flights for millions of passengers
Outcome
Actian Ingres database and Actian OpenROAD platform were chosen to support the company’s Lido/Flight-Planning application that is used by airlines to operate thousands of flights for millions of passengers
About Lufthansa Systems
As one of the world’s leading full service IT providers and industry specialists for the airline and aviation sector, Lufthansa Systems offers Lido/FlightPlanning as well as other airline solutions to some 300 national and international airlines across the world. The company is an expert in its field; it offers a modular range of products and services to manage all aspects of airline planning as well as a large team of navigation experts on the ground that collate information from a variety of sources, such as updated weather reports and air traffic information, in order to update airlines’ operations teams and pilots en route in real time.

At Lufthansa Systems, global aviation data and support is distributed seamlessly using Actian atabase technology. A customer of Actian for some 23 years, the flight and route planning software, Lido/FlightPlanning, is built on Actian’s Ingres database technology. “We have been using Ingres for some time in our business,” explains Rudi Koffer, senior database software architect at the Lufthansa Systems Airlines Operations Solutions division in FrankurtRaunheim, Germany. “The combination of performance, speed, stability and price of Ingres as well as the great support from Actian continues to make the database platform a great piece of technology to build our flight and route planning software on.” A central Ingres database serves as the repository of information that powers Lido/FlightPlanning. The data is available to the application in real-time, it is easy to use, secure and available 24 x 7.

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The company sells the application to airlines and transportation companies across the world and continues to run it; Lufthansa Systems installs the solution, maintains and updates it in real time to ensure that the airlines have the latest information at their finger tips when they need it. Every time there is a new piece of data or information about a new flight path, a new flight restriction, an airport closure or severe turbulence on the horizon, Lufthansa Systems feeds this via Lido/ FlightPlanning to its customers, helping to ensure that airlines and pilots en route can get their passengers and their cargo safely to their destination. By calculating cost optimal flight routes, LidoFlight guarantees to generate millions of dollars in extra revenue for its customers annually. And in an ever turbulent airline industry, airlines must ensure that their operations run as smoothly and cost-efficiently as possible. This is made possible thanks to the underlying Ingres database that powers Lido/FlightPlanning.

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“Ingres is the underlying database that powers Lido/FlightPlanning,” ends Rudi Koffer. “The reasons why we originally chose Ingres and continue to rely on the database are numerous. It offers good functionality, high levels of reliability and stability, a cost-effective licensing model, and is backed up with excellent support. When we compare Ingres to other database technologies on the market, the Ingres database continues to be one of the best choices to power Lido/FlightPlanning. It’s reassuring to know that our solutions, that keep airlines safe, are backed up by a database software solution that has for so many years been playing in the ‘premier league’.”

"The reasons why we originally chose Ingres and continue to rely on the database are numerous. It offers good functionality, high levels of reliability and stability, a cost-effective licensing model, and is backed up with excellent support. When we compare Ingres to other database technologies on the market, the Ingres database continues to be one of the best choices to power Lido/FlightPlanning."
Rudi Koffer, senior database software architect, Lufthansa Systems Airlines Operations Solutions
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