Edelweiss Air’s existing crew planning tool showed weaknesses in performance, was partly complicated to operate and led to error-prone processes. The airline is now relying on a powerful cloud solution with an attractive interface based on the latest web technologies. 1stQuad used the in-house architecture concept “Cloud Transformation Blueprint” as a basis for the new crew page.

The Swiss airline Edelweiss Air relies on a clever software solution to plan the deployment of the approximately 300 pilots and 700 cabin crew members. From the first day of each month, the deployments are planned for the following month and made available to the employees via intranet.

In addition, the planning software manages all deployment changes for delayed flights or sick employees. A very complex set of rules must be observed to ensure that everything runs smoothly. For example, there are binding regulations on the number of permitted flight hours, on the required rest period between flights, on so-called off days per time period and on other deployment parameters.

The planning of regular in-flight pilot training courses is also part of the software’s range of functions: one pilot checks the second pilot during in-flight training and takes the test off. Here, too, the devil is in the detail: If the planned examiner is not available, his replacement must also be authorized to carry out the test. In the previous version of the software solution, comments were used for this – an error-prone process. An additional weak point was the performance: response times of up to 30 seconds are not adequate in the hectic everyday life of an airline.

1stQuad therefore developed a powerful new solution for Edelweiss Air from the end of 2017 to autumn 2018 based on the in-house Cloud Transformation Blueprint, with numerous detail improvements such as a swap duty function for entire crews. The new software solution “Crew Page” is now completely based on Microsoft Azure. The peripheral systems and microservices are synchronized via a service bus. The backend uses Net Core, the web application for the frontend was realized as a single page application with React. The first step was the introduction of the new software solution for the scheduling staff, followed by the “Crew Page” for the employees by mid-2019.

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Markus Bühler, Head of Consulting Services
1stQuad Solutions AG


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