Lufthansa Consulting worldwide

About Lufthansa Consulting worldwide

We assist aviation clients throughout the world to create the right solutions for their business situation.
Our experienced professionals work closely with your specialists to address the immediate challenges facing your business. Your company can rely on our targeted approach to improve your business performance and increase profitability. We help you strengthen your competitive position with strategies for sustainable growth.
Team up with us and benefit from our international aviation experience to optimize your business potential.
Please feel free to contact any of our regional heads if you are located in any of our regions with dedicated staff. Outside of those areas please contact me to discuss your needs. I look forward to hearing from you.

Latest activities

  • 02 - 04 Nov 2022 , Amsterdam, Netherlands

    GAD World Global Airport Development Conference

    Come to Amsterdam this November to join more than 350 of the world’s leading airport operators, major investors, financiers, regulators and renowned industry advisors to examine the latest opportunities, challenges and expectations for the airport business in 2023 and beyond.

    Lufthansa Consulting is excited to be an Associate Sponsor this year! Meet our Partner Michael Kunz as a panelist at the event as well as our Partner Catrin Drawer and Senior Consultant Sascha Vogel.

    GAD World website

  • 24 - 26 Oct 2022 , Abu Dhabi, UAE

    Arab Air Carrier's Organization AACO 55th AGM

    The AGM is the major event on AACO calendar which brings together the CEOs of 34 member airlines, in addition to a large number of stakeholders, AACO partner airlines and industry partners, as well as international and local press which are gathered together for two days of networking, brainstorming on industry issues and high-level discussions.

    Meet Alexander Manakos, Partner and Head of Market Middle East at this year’s AACO AGM.

    AACO 55th AGM website

  • Always safety first – It’s all about data management and monitoring

    Safety is the key business foundation for every commercial aircraft operator, and data has become a central topic in the context of safety management. Nowadays, a lot of data is available to aviation organizations, and it is essential to manage it properly and efficiently.

    There are usually various individual data sources and collections in distinct areas, such as maintenance or flight and ground operations to keep track of safety risks - where analysts might detect rising or falling trends. The challenge is to carefully monitor all indicators, think of preventive measures for possibly rising issues, and minimize operational risks.

    With their advanced Safety Excellence solution, Lufthansa Consulting and zeroG offer a new way to combine all those data sources, including from multiple air operators (for a multi-operator group). By restructuring and scaling the data, the solution provides a risk score over time, allowing for the identification of drivers of increased risk.

    This new tool includes a series of dashboards and KPIs built on the industry best practices. In addition, it can be configured to address the operator’s current set of KPIs. Its dashboards enable the user to go to the next step towards the transparency of risks and compliance. Customized safety communication to all relevant stakeholders is ensured, from senior management to all involved departments. The key benefit of the in-house developed solution is to automate safety management processes and to offer a continuous overview of the safety performance at a glance. Inserting the operator’s data is an easy step to accomplish, which will provide a good safety overview of an organization.

    Further outstanding advantages:

    - It can be used as a stand-alone solution, but can also be integrated with/into existing safety tools.

    - Ability to be used in different industries, from the airline industry to the aviation operations of the oil and gas industry, given the customization characteristics of the tool.

    Safety is always your priority, so enhance your safety and quality management and contact us for more detailed information about our new automated Safety Excellence tool!

    zeroG website

  • Expert opinion: Air Cargo yields – Quo Vadis? Cargo business is booming but for how long?

    The aviation industry has experienced a tremendous roller coaster ride since early 2020 when the effects of Covid-19 related lock downs and travel restrictions kicked in. In contract to the passenger business, people involved in air cargo may have much enjoyed the ride. However, with demand soaring and belly capacities being drastically reduced, yields at times skyrocketed up to ten times as high as they were in the pre-COVID phase. This has led to phenomenons like passenger aircraft being used for the transport of cargo alone – a development which was entirely unthinkable in the years before.

    Now the air cargo industry is facing the question: what is going to happen next? Despite the widespread industry consensus that yields will decline to a more reasonable level but remain at a clearly higher range than in 2019, it is a fairly big crystal ball to look into. Currently circulating figures give justified cause for optimism, but there are also certain possible limiting aspects that should not be completely disregarded. So, let us try to break it down and examine major factors which have a substantial influence on the development.

    Looking at capacity first, it is obvious that aircraft bellies are back in business – not only because COVID restrictions have largely been lifted but also because there is a flying public that longs for travel after two years of pandemic. Nevertheless, many airlines in Europe and the United States are cancelling flights for lack of manpower– effectively reducing cargo capacity. The resulting high seat load factors may also drive pay-load restrictions on some routes. As far as the trade between the Far East and Europe is concerned, the war in Ukraine and the consequential unavailability of Russian and Ukrainian airspace for western carriers and resulting detours around the south of this area effectively leads to capacity reduction.

    On the demand side, the recent lock-downs in China took their tolls – factories were shut down and supply chains disrupted due to the unavailability of drivers and cargo workers. Also, the effects of surging inflation rates, e.g. in Europe, will very likely have an adverse impact on the demand side of the equation. At the same time, ocean freight is subject to the same effects but also to port congestion on the US West Coast and in North European range, which in fact reduces available capacities. As in air cargo, ocean freight operators are reporting record breaking freight rates.

    From either perspective, the resulting assumption is that cargo yields in the industry will remain stable at or around the present level for the next year since the effects described above have the potential to balance each other - at least as far the longitudinal trunk routes connecting the Far East are concerned. On the North Atlantic, the industry has recently reported a drop of freight rates by about a third versus last year’s climax as restoring aircraft bellies has taken effect. Simultaneously, it remains to be seen what the odds are going to be in smaller markets, particularly in the north-south and vice versa trade. Since often there are commodities originating from these markets that, other than those originating from e.g. high tech, pharma or fashion industries, cannot sustain high freight rates due to their limited trade value.

    One final factor remains. Recently various cargo news outlets reported declining demand and softening freight rates. What actually was left in the dark was the seasonality effect, driven by the summer vacation period in the northern hemisphere. There are good reasons to expect yields picking up again towards the traditional peak period in late Q3 and Q4, 2022.

    There are several factors for further optimism. Contrary to current industry predictions, however, the current euphoria could be dampened slightly due to the possible limitations. The air cargo community experiences exiting times – and there are definitely signs to assume the party is not yet over.


    Author: Christian Meyer, Managing Consultant in the Solution Group Infrastructure & Operations

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  • Expert aviation solutions for ever-changing realities

    The air transport industry is facing a challenging economic and geopolitical environment. Aviation’s top leaders meet this week at the IATA AGM and World Air Transport Summit in Doha, Qatar to discuss the dynamic situation. Recovery from the effects of COVID-19 continues to progress, but at different rates in different parts of the world. The Ukraine war is having an impact on fuel prices, changing operations and creating uncertainties about globalization. The topic of sustainability is dominating the industry agenda like never before. Creating a customer centric environment by applying new technological developments remains a priority. Airlines need to adapt to this ever-changing environment, and having a smart steering approach to master all these challenges is essential.

    As the aviation industry heads into a post-pandemic era of growth and new opportunities, airlines need to focus on flexibility, efficiency, sustainability and profitability.

    Lufthansa Consulting can support your airline with its comprehensive expert solutions and services. Our specialists equip your airline with the relevant passenger and cargo market perspective and develop a tailored commercial strategy. It is more important than ever to ensure your airline has a robust traffic forecast, the right network and operational strategy including partnerships. Optimal fleet planning and the right choice of aircraft help airlines to adapt to fuel and operational dynamics.  Productive asset deployment and rigorous performance tracking prepare your airline to succeed in a dynamic future.

    Crafting a customer centric environment by applying new technological developments, our experts focus on enhancing customer satisfaction to secure loyalty, increase profitability and realize growth opportunities. Airlines which invest into customer experience measures during challenging and dynamic times will be rewarded with customer loyalty and a lucrative return on investment.

    Move ahead to a sustainable future. Rely on our expertise in the field of airline services!

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Projects

Cargo growth strategy in New York, USA

North American airline

A sustainable, tailor-made business unit strategy was defined with a solution targeted strategic road map. The experts identified additional revenue potential of 80 Mio USD per year.

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.