Regional Market South America
Since the opening of the first intercontinental flight from Europe to Rio de Janeiro in 1956, aviation has become an important part of the economy of South America.
Although it has faced many challenges, the aviation industry in South America has been growing constantly during the last years. The numbers of passengers travelling within the continent are increasing rapidly, thus demanding more from airlines. Economic stability and higher income allow an increasing number of South Americans to travel for leisure and business purposes. The necessity for improvements in security measures leads to better decision making by airlines and airport companies, as well as by the highest authority in aviation-the Civil Aviation Authority.
The demand derived from international events, such as the World Soccer Championship 2014 and the Olympic Games 2016, speed up growth and create the necessity for detailed planning and appropriate solution finding. Lufthansa Consulting supports the effective, fast and transparent development of such projects.
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.
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.
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)
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.
Lufthansa Consulting attends the Route Development Forum for the Americas from 15 - 17 February 2022 in San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A. Our delegates Liége Emmerz, Associate Partner and Head of Market Latin America, as well as Senior Consultant Luisa Grasshoff look forward to a lively exchange with the aviation community on-site.
The aviation consultants show their range of services for airports and the wider aviation industry, tailored to the needs of a post-Covid recovery and also focus on two issues for discussion with the event participants. For airports, they are ready to present their modified Air Service Development product which takes Air Cargo’s increased importance into consideration. For tourism stakeholders they address how to turn challenges into opportunities for a sustainable regrowth to the benefit of the entire tourism operating system in a post-Covid world.
See you in San Antonio! Feel free to easily contact Liége and Luisa via the Routes App!
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.
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Sebastian Kaiser – Consultant in the Solution Group Customer Experience
Sascha Vogel – Senior Consultant in the Solution Group Infrastructure & Operations
To secure the future viability and growth of the airline, Lufthansa Consulting optimized the route network and identified new potential markets. Recommendations for short and long term fleet planning were defined to support the network optimization.
The efficiency of the existing cargo terminal facilities was improved to handle the future cargo demand until at least 2018. The client is the number one freight airport in Brazil with a terminal area of 96,000sqm handling 439,000t of cargo per year.
Full support for operational readiness of a new terminal. The objective of the ORAT project was the coordinated approach to prepare all airport stakeholders for the operations in and at the new terminal. Preparation and execution of different operational trial scenarios to fully test and prove all aspects and to ensure a seamless transition into the operations.