Regional Market Middle East

About Lufthansa Consulting Middle East

The aviation sector has developed tremendously in the Middle East and is a key region for our company. We have provided management consultancy services to significant players in the area and contributed to their success. We see the Middle East aviation industry as an important driver of economic growth. The challenges facing airlines, airports and authorities in the different countries are as diverse as the different nations in the region.

Due to its favorable geographic position the Middle East offers exciting opportunities for your future business ventures and developments. I would be happy hear from you and discuss your plans.

Latest activities

  • 16 - 18 Oct 2022 , Las Vegas, Nevada

    World Routes

    Join us at the 27th World Route Development Forum at Las Vegas, Nevada.

    By consistently uniting decision-makers from the global route development community, Routes World has made a real impact on the world's air services; over half of the world’s new routes are connected to meetings at the event. 

    As a destination that is synonymous with business and investing in the future, Las Vegas will be the ideal location to unite aviation decision-makers that will define the world’s air services.

    World Routes offers extensive meeting opportunities, exclusive industry insights and first-class networking opportunities. Representatives from the world's leading airlines, airports, and tourism authorities at Routes World come together to network and discuss the current state of the aviation industry and the actions that must be taken to continue to stimulate recovery.

    Visit our Lufthansa Consulting exhibition booth to discuss your business potential with our team of experts in Network Management and Air Service Development.

    World Routes event page

  • Lufthansa Consulting in the media: Airline Business/FlightGlobal.com and Airliner World

    Lufthansa Consulting recently achieved a very good visibility in two major aviation trade magazines with statement publications from some of our experts. We highly recommend the article about airline dept in Airline Business/FlightGlobal.com as well as a feature on Africa's aviation potential in the current April issue of Airliner World.

    Airline Business/FlightGlobal.com and Airliner World article

    Also tune into our podcast series AviationTalk with insights into various exciting trend aviation topics on Spotify, Apple Podcast and Amazon Music. Listen to the recent episode “The great awakening – Back to operational stability” or into previous editions.

    Listen to our Lufthansa Aviation Talk Podcast Episode 019 here

  • Lufthansa Consulting ranked among the top consulting firms in Germany

    Lufthansa Consulting is once again represented in the "Best Consultants 2022” ranking of the renowned German business and trend magazine brandeins for the seventh time! The consultant rating is greatly respected throughout a wide range of industries and is based on recommendations from industry experts and client assessments.

    Lufthansa Consulting is listed top of the category "aerospace and defense" The aviation consultancy received the highest possible rating of three points, both in the evaluation of experts and of clients. In the area "transport, traffic and logistics" it achieved two of three points from both evaluator groups.

    "It's absolutely great that we have again been honored by the highly esteemed brandeins magazine in 2022," says a delighted Lufthansa Consulting Managing Director Hannes Müller. "Particularly after the second year of the pandemic, this award means a lot to the entire Lufthansa Consulting team. The success makes us proud and motivates us to continuously go the extra mile for our clients, even in these challenging times. It also confirms that our company is a very attractive employer which supports our current recruitment offensive.”

    brandeins Best Consultants ranking 2022  (in German)

  • Guest lecture "Introduction to Network and Fleet Planning" at Cranfield University

    Our Lufthansa Consulting network and fleet planning experts once again delivered a guest lecture for graduate students at Cranfield University. On 17 February, Arvind Chandrasekhar, Associate Partner and Head of Solution Group Network and Fleet Management as well as Consultant Johann Gies conducted their "Introduction to Network and Fleet Planning" to the students of the MSc in Air Transport Management. The group discussed how network planning works within an organization, the basics of developing a plan and the impact and implications of Covid-19. In addition, the class brought the topic to life through a case study for a new intercontinental route.

    "We greatly value our longstanding relationship with Cranfield University, and thank Professor Andy Foster for inviting us to speak to his class. It’s always a pleasure to engage with the future of our industry," said Arvind Chandrasekhar after the lecture session.

    The postgraduate university has world-class expertise in its sector-leading specialist areas, particularly also in the field of aviation.

  • Podcast: The great awakening – Back to operational stability

    Operational challenges despite low traffic

    The comparably low traffic during the pandemic has been no guarantee for more operational stability, as new challenges arise. Even though there are fewer flights and passengers, many airports experience an increase in traffic peaks, causing constraints and at certain times even capacity overloads. Many aviation professionals have left the industry, leaving the remaining and newly hired staff to perform duties with higher effort due to lengthier processing times and procedures, and the overall lack of resources. In this framework, the entire aviation system is under high pressure to enhance productivity and reduce costs. While all stakeholders have to deal with these challenges, there is often no joint approach on stakeholder management and collaboration.

    Stakeholder collaboration is essential to foster operational stability

    With the phase of recovery in sight, the top three issues in focus for airlines, airports and ground handlers must be collaboration, optimization and operationalization. The collaboration of stakeholders and becoming partners instead of contractors and providers is the first field of action. By jointly approaching the challenges in operations, meaningful solutions can be created together. This includes transparency and the exchange of data in a timely manner to optimize operations and enable partners to have a lead in the information chain to prepare for peaks or irregular events in operation. Secondly, the optimization of processes is a lever of improvement by combining self and staffed services by airlines and airports to enhance the handling procedures. A shift in resource allocation according to the needs of a flight helps utilize staff and equipment more effectively. Overall, procedures should be adapted to individual requirements of airlines and airports, while assuring the product is delivered, but being flexible enough to make operations flow smoothly. And thirdly, the ideas and measures must be operationalized by establishing processes and running operations with continuous improvement cycles. The connection of stakeholders’ data systems, training for operational staff at the boundaries and practicing more agility to adjust procedures are effective examples for operationalization.

    Airports are a central meeting point of all involved stakeholders and are the proximity switch to foster relative coordination among all partners. Practicing relative coordination assures all stakeholders know about the role, responsibilities, as well as potential constraints of a system partner. This understanding strengthens relationships and leads to shared goals, common values and mutual respect, which is an important prerequisite for operations.

    Reliable operations re-instate trust in the aviation industry

    With the recovery to busier seasons ahead, enhancing operational stability is at the forefront of the to do list for all stakeholders. By working together to structure, update and digitalize data, providing partners with easy-to-use system support in order to make the correct decisions in a timely manner and enabling each other to acknowledge diverse operational matters when planning capacity, will support more stability to the aviation system. It will moreover contribute to greater productivity and performance, while reducing disruption costs at all ends leveraging more competitiveness and flexibility to react to the dynamic industry demands. All stakeholders bear a great responsibility to help recover confidence in air travel through safe and reliable operations. As trustworthy partners the aviation community can master the great awakening successfully.

    Listen to our Lufthansa Aviation Talk Podcast Episode 019 here 

    Also streaming on Spotify, Apple Podcast and Amazon Music

    Moderator:
    Sebastian Kaiser – Consultant in the Solution Group Customer Experience
    Expert:
    Sascha Vogel – Senior Consultant in the Solution Group Infrastructure & Operations

Projects

Maintenance Cost Reduction

Airline in the Middle East

Significant savings in airline maintenance costs achieved through identification of shortcomings in maintenance processes and identification of key cost drivers. The project management provided on-site support to develop cost saving initiatives and successfully implement the cost reduction measures.

Aviation Group Strategy

State-owned Aviation Holding in the Middle East

Development of a business strategy aiming to create a commercially sustainable aviation group and to drive added macroeconomi c value and local prosperity. Comprehensiv e business plan addressing weaknesses and risks and giving access to funding. Expansion opportunities into as yet unexplored sectors of the aviation industry.

Economic and technical analysis of engine options powering the A320neo aircraft

Airline in the Middle East

Performed technical and economic analysis forecasting the investment and maintenance cost over the engine life time. Recommended most efficient engine solution for the carrier’s operational profile. Identified areas to improve terms and conditions offered by the OEMs resulting in >20% CAPEX and OPEX reduction over the entire life cycle in comparison to initial OEM proposal.


Clients

Best Consultants 2022

Best Consultants 2022: Lufthansa Consulting ranked among the top consulting firms in Germany

Listed by brandeins, the renowned German business and trend magazine, for the seventh time. Lufthansa Consulting ranked top of the category "aerospace and defense" and ranked high in the area "transport, traffic and logistics". The rating is greatly respected throughout a wide range of industries and is based on recommendations from industry experts and client assessments.