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Global Airline Flight Operations - Optimization Opportunities, 2019

  • Report

  • 74 Pages
  • March 2020
  • Region: Global
  • Frost & Sullivan
  • ID: 5013070

Growth in Airline Passenger Numbers, Shortage of Pilots, and a Focus on Reducing Emissions will Drive Digital Investments

Flight operations are one of the highest cost centers for an airline. In a growing global aviation market, airlines need to continuously optimize their flight operations and asset utilization to attain enhanced revenues and deliver sustainable operations. Optimizing flight operations can also lower operational expenses and minimize harmful environmental impact, thus enhancing their sustainability efforts. For their operational needs, a majority of the airlines still utilize legacy systems such as baggage management and fuel management, which are currently being upgraded or replaced. Integrating next-generation solutions to these core infrastructure platforms and maintaining them is a key challenge to airlines. Key solution providers and technology-focused start-ups are developing solutions integrated with next-generation technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) to help optimize airline operations.

The global concern on rising emissions from the aviation industry has increased airlines’ focus on improving their environmental sustainability initiatives. Reducing fuel usage, developing alternative propulsion solutions, and reducing carbon emissions on the ground are key focus areas. Solution providers and start-ups are developing solutions that can deliver maximum optimization of operations.

Airlines, aviation original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), governments, and universities are working on developing alternate fuels that are cleaner and have minimum effect on the environment. However, a complete replacement of current-day fuels is a long way ahead. In the short term, airlines will be utilizing solutions that can optimize their fuel burn and lead to reduced cost and lower harmful emissions.

There is a rise in interest for integrated end-to-end operations platforms that have a modular architecture. Industry behemoths Airbus and Boeing are leading the race with their Skywise and Boeing Analytx platforms, which provide various solutions that cater to multiple stakeholders such as airlines and MROs. Ensuring sufficient cyber security measures and data anonymization are the key focus areas for solution providers while developing and maintaining these platforms.

There is a rising demand from airlines for solutions that bring efficiencies to their crew management. There is also growing investment in the development of end-to-end crew management solutions that provide multiple features such as crew scheduling optimization, efficient crew transportation, and improved crew performance. This opens up an opportunity for incumbent airline IT solution providers and new entrants to capture the growing demand in the crew management systems market.

The operating expenditures of airlines will keep rising as they add more aircraft to their fleet and new routes to their network. To maintain a strong leash on their financial spending and ensure minimum harmful climate impact, airlines and solution providers will need to work together to implement solutions that integrate next-generation technologies.

Research Scope

  • Regional Scope: Global
  • Study Type: Market Insight
  • Product Scope: Airline IT Systems, Segmentation of Airline Flight Operations, Key Market and Technology Trends
  • End-user Scope: IT Solution Providers, Start-ups, Airlines

Key Issues Addressed

  • How is the global airline flight operations market segmented, and what are the key activities, challenges, and major optimization projects under each segment?
  • What are airlines’ key objectives and requirements that can solve their current obstacles in operations management? What are the key market challenges in airline operations optimization?
  • How is technology enabling airlines to optimize their flight operations? What are the major technology trends in airline operations optimization?
  • Who are the key solution providers under each segment of this market and what are the major innovative highlights incorporated into their solutions?

Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary
  • Key Findings
  • CEO’s Perspective

2. Market Overview
  • Key Questions this Study will Answer
  • Global Airline Flight Operations Segmentation
  • Key Airline Flight Operations Activities by Segment
  • Airline Industry Objectives - Flight Operations
  • Airline Flight Operations - Key Pain Points
  • Airline Flight Operations - Optimization Projects
  • Key Outdated Operational Systems at Airlines
  • Key Operational Projects for Airlines

3. Market Challenges
  • Technological Restraints
  • Growth in Global Aviation
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Environmental Sustainability - Leading Emitters and their Future Plan of Action
  • Uncertainty in Europe
  • Demand for Skilled Personnel

4. Technology Trends
  • Technology 1 - AI
  • Technology 2 - Big Data Analytics
  • Technology 3 - IoT
  • Technology 4 - Blockchain
  • Technology 5 - AR/VR
  • Technology 6 - Autonomous Vehicles
  • Technology 7 - Robotic Process Automation (RPA)
  • Technology 8 - Operational Data Platforms

5. Segment Analysis
  • Segment 1 - Crew Resources
  • Key Optimization Project - Optimized Crew Scheduling
  • Segment 2 - Operations Training
  • Key Optimization Project - Extended Reality Solutions
  • Segment 3 - Safety & Quality
  • Key Optimization Project - AI/ML for Improved Safety Analysis
  • Segment 4 - Operations Logistics
  • Key Optimization Project - Fuel Optimization
  • Segment 5 - Training Standards & Regulatory Compliance
  • Key Optimization Project - Automation for Regulatory Compliance

6. Major Supplier Analysis
  • Segment 1 - Crew Resources
  • Segment 2 - Operations Training
  • Segment 3 - Safety & Quality
  • Segment 4 - Operation Logistics
  • Segment 5 - Training Standards & Regulatory Compliance
  • Key Start-ups

7. Growth Opportunities and Companies to Action
  • Growth Opportunity - Modular Data Platforms
  • Strategic Imperatives for Success and Growth

8. The Last Word
  • The Last Word - 3 Big Predictions
  • Legal Disclaimer

9. Appendix
  • Contracts Collected - Crew Resources
  • Contracts Collected - Operations Training
  • Contracts Collected - Safety & Quality
  • Contracts Collected - Operations Logistics
  • Contracts Collected - Training Standards & Regulatory Compliance
  • Additional Sources of Information on Study Topic
  • List of Exhibits

Companies Mentioned

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes:

  • Airbus
  • Boeing