Waterloo, March 21st, 2019
- Porter Airlines becomes the first Canadian airline to take-on NAVBLUE’s innovative Operations Control Suite.
- NAVBLUE, an Airbus company, has emerged as disrupter, steadily growing its share of the Flight-Operations Systems Market.
- NAVBLUE’s N-Flight Planning remains the fastest on the market with a highly configurable flight planning engine to meet any airline’s specific operational needs.
- NAVBLUE’s revolutionary approach brings together all aspects of crew and ops management into a single platform.
Porter Airlines, a renowned Canadian regional airline that operates a fleet of Bombardier Dash-8 Q400s out of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ) to destinations across Canada and the U.S, has signed a long-term deal with NAVBLUE for their innovative Operations Control Centre Suite. This partnership between Porter Airlines and NAVBLUE marks the advent of a new state-of-the-art suite of OCC solutions for the airline flight operations market.
With NAVBLUE’s N-Flight Planning System, Porter Airlines’ dispatchers will have one of the fastest flight planning systems on the market, and the first to fully integrate DTN’s flight hazard forecasting (turbulence, icing and thunderstorms). N-Flight Planning’s rules engine and multi-factor configurability will enable Porter dispatchers to fine-tune the route optimization to meet their specific operational needs (fuel savings, cost-savings, payload maximization, etc.). Dispatcher workflow and productivity is significantly enhanced with automation and manage-by-exception configurable-alerting.
N-RAIDO Ops and Crew Management represents a revolutionary approach to Ops and Crew Management, enabling Porter Airlines to eliminate several existing day-of-ops and long-term planning applications with a single highly-configurable system. Porter can now manage Schedule Planning, Day-of-Ops Management, Crew Scheduling, Crew Payroll, Crew Planning and Crew Qualifications, all within one application with specific user profiles for each work-group. Built on modern systems architecture, N-RAIDO Ops and Crew Management empowers airlines with the ability to define and maintain their own rules, automation, events and reports, eliminating several manual processes. Through N-RAIDO Ops and Crew Management Fire mobile access, Porter flight crews will have real-time access to their schedules and the ability to perform trip trades and pick-up from open time remotely from their mobile devices.
N-Preferential Bidding System returns the most optimal crewing solution, factoring both flight schedules and crew members’ specific requirements. With its new mobile user interface and its mature heuristic algorithm, crew member use is enhanced and a detailed post-award reasons report provide an easy and systematic understanding for transparency.
“We chose NAVBLUE’s suite of services to streamline both our planning and the execution of operations,” said Paul Moreira, Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of Porter Airlines. “We look forward to realizing the increased efficiency and productivity that the system will provide our teams”. Shawn Mechelke, Vice President N-OCC, at NAVBLUE, shared this insight, “Our vision and strategy of providing a full suite of OCC solutions continues to be confirmed as we expand into the Canadian market with Porter Airlines as our first Canadian airline partner. Porter Airlines sought a flexible, scalable, and modern solution to manage their operations while seeking to gain efficiencies and provide a solution to their crews for optimal scheduling meeting their bid preferences. NAVBLUE’s N-OCC suite of airline operations solutions meets these requirements and will offer a flexible platform for Porter’s future growth. NAVBLUE’s N-OCC solution suite has now penetrated the US, Caribbean, South American and Canadian markets. Indeed, these are very exciting times”, concludes Shawn Mechelke.