Regional Market Russia
The Russian Federation stands out as a high-growth region for the aviation industry even among the BRIC countries with promising opportunities and challenges for all stakeholders. Lufthansa Consulting clients include airlines, airports and aviation authorities as well as related industries such as ground handling companies, cargo terminal operators, aircraft manufacturers and financial institutions. Our experts, including Russian speakers, are ready to assist you and find solutions to match your aviation business needs. Our clients range from global network airlines to medium size and small regional carriers, large aviation hubs and small regional airports. We look forward to working with you.
Wings of the Future is the largest international air transport forum for Russia & CIS. It is being held for the 15th time in 2017 and is an excellent forum for information, networking and solutions for the aviation business in these regions.
The event will be part of the international aviation forum in Moscow that consists of six different conferences. Around 700 delegates are expected to attend discussing global trends in relation with the development of the local markets. The Russian air transport sector has entered a new cycle of growth since the end of 2016. For instance, planned fleet expansions and foreign investments are promoting competition and open potential in the market.
Lufthansa Consulting will sponsor this prestigious event and Stanislav Solomko, Associate Partner and Head of the Markets in Russia and CIS, will speak at the forum.
St. Petersburg’s International Economic Forum is held annually under the auspices of Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation. Over the last 20 years, the forum has become a leading global platform for representatives of the business community to meet and discuss the key economic issues facing Russia, emerging markets and the world as a whole. Around 12,000 participants from 133 countries are expected, including heads of state and government from emerging economies, executives of major corporations, and the world’s leading experts in the fields of science, media and civil society.
The event offers an effective platform for business communication with economic and political leaders providing the significant opportunity of exchanging experience and expertise. Major topics are the handling of innovative approaches towards developing and using cutting-edge technologies. Besides the business aspect the event will also offer cultural and sporting insights, as the participants will have the chance to experience St. Petersburg during the White Nights season.
Dr. Andreas Jahnke, Managing Director and Partner, and Stanislav Solomko, Associate Partner and Head of Market Russia and CIS, will attend the forum.
The Russian aviation market is currently undergoing a major transformation. After a period of unfavorable economic and political influences last year the passenger numbers at Russian airports finally recorded slight increases in 2016, in the course of gradual modernization and an economical revival. Against this background the Aircraft Finance and Lease Russia & CIS event, set on 26 April 2017 in Moscow, will cover the issues of aviation finance, aircraft and engine lease and fleet modernization for Russian and CIS airlines.
Lufthansa Consulting will support the sponsorship at the conference and, in addition, Hanns Marienfeld, Managing Consultant at Lufthansa Consulting, will lead a panel discussion on possible developments in the Russian regional air transport market. Several delegates from local airlines as well as a representative of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation will participate in the panel session. The debate will deal with new business strategies adjusted to current market situations, a unique selling position for the Russian market and with general financial and tax issues. The aim of the discussion is to work out the most important challenges and opportunities that may appear for the industry players in a global context.
The financial circumstances are the key factor for growth and cooperation with foreign investors in Russia. The foundation for future collaborations might be positioned with an effective and constructive discussion about contribution perspectives. After all, the latest trends in regard to the aviation development in Russia are promising.
Lufthansa Consulting has successfully concluded a project with the Russian carrier Aurora Airlines. The goal was to develop a full conceptual design of MRO facilities in the surrounding area of the airline’s base airport in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, including airside and landside accessibility.
Aurora Airlines is a subsidiary of Aeroflot. Headquartered in Russia’s Far East, it was founded in 2013 following the merger of Vladivostok Avia and SAT Airlines. Along with its parent company, Aurora is a member of the SkyTeam global airline alliance. Its fleet comprises 21 aircraft that operate frequent services to international destinations such as Beijing, Hong Kong, Seoul and Tokyo as well as interregional flights, for example to Khabarovsk, Vladivostok, Magadan, Yakutsk, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk and Krasnoyarsk. IOSA-certified Aurora also conducts regular regional flights to villages and cities in the Sakhalin and Primorsky regions.
The project task was to create a design for the maintenance hangar capable of housing up to three narrowbody aircraft plus several workshops, warehouses and office space. The Lufthansa Consulting experts drew up a master plan for the MRO development area, as well as layout plans for the main hangar building and support equipment buildings, clear airside-landside separation and a circulation system for support vehicles. In the process Russian regulations and EASA Part 145 compliance were taken into consideration in order to facilitate approval of the facility by the authorities. In addition, energy efficiency measures were evaluated and recommended to reduce operational costs. Lufthansa Consulting also submitted an action plan to take into account possible next-step verification and cost-efficient procedures as well as the feasibility of the actual implementation.
The successful conclusion of the project will enable Aurora Airlines to introduce leaner production principles, make more efficient use of energy and resources and create sustainable modular growth opportunities.
Digital transformation is of rising importance for the aviation industry. To keep up with increasing passenger demands, airlines and airports urgently need to expand their customer offerings with regard to digital services. Consequently, it is one of the main topics at this year’s Passenger Terminal Expo & Conference in Amsterdam from 14 -16 March, dealing with the most recent issues and innovations of the aviation business. Senior Consultant Georg Baust will represent Lufthansa Consulting at this event and will give a speech entitled “Don’t adapt, innovate – increase customer experience with digital transformation”.
In order to stay competitive it is key for airlines and airports to adjust to technological developments. As the customer journey and experience should always be the main focus of a successful business, an orientation towards customer needs and habits is essential. Nowadays, those needs are mostly influenced by the use of digital media. The task for airlines and airports is to create possibilities and solutions to embrace the potential of digitalization.
For instance, Lufthansa Consulting supported and accompanied the implementation of wireless internet connection to passenger-owned devices and inflight internet connectivity on long-haul as well as short-/medium haul flights for a major European airline client. The advantages of digital connectivity have significantly improved customer experience and enhance a sustainable revenue perspective. The successful interaction with customers provides customer loyalty with higher lifetime value. After all, only customer loyalty can assure long term profitability.
New greenfield airport in strategic location in Russia is designed by Lufthansa Consulting to function as a hub with two runways and a capacity of over 15 million passengers. The concept provides revenue enhancements and investment opportunities.
Processes and procedures were improved to conform with EASA requirements, particularly in material related activities. The airline achieved the first steps towards compliance both as an organization and as a maintenance organization.
Optimum performance on the ground and in the air – not wishful thinking, but day- to-day reality in one of the most challenging environments.