Daniel Stecher

Pilots on demand: Airline staffing strategy of the future?

Airline companies generally have the odds stacked against them; operating a flight on time without any untoward incidents is the result of meticulous planning and implementation, offering very little room for error. Some issues reveal themselves early enough to be solved by an astute operations control (OCC) professional, but sometimes they occur without warning. One particularly troublesome issue is having a flight full of passengers getting ready to taxi down the runway and take off into the skies, only to realize that two of the most important people onboard (the pilots) cannot – or just wi...
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Ashok Rajan

Delivering digitization: A reality check on air cargo today - Part II

​ In my previous blog post Game Changers: A reality check on air cargo today - Part I , we explored the anomalous capacity paradox as the core reason behind the decreased yield in the cargo industry. As profitability dips, the most viable solution for the sustenance of the industry begins with increasing productivity of output and must proceed through intense customization of product. Technology, or more specifically digitization, is not a mere enabler here but the very foundation on which the industry must be rebuilt. IATA proposed to achieve this in 2016 through a portfolio of transformation...
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Daniel Stecher

The hidden value of loyalty in airline disruption management

When the officers of The Titanic – while facing the mother of all disruptions to service delivery - had a tough choice to make about which group of passengers would get a better chance at survival, they evidently applied a principle:  Offer maximum assistance to the cream of the crop . by Author Yes, that is an extreme example, and those were very different times. We have more mature, tangible and less discriminatory metrics to evaluate customers today. So in modern business, the principle translates to this:  Which customers would be better for the company in terms of future spendin...
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Christine Updegraff

What’s politics got to do with your hotel’s revenues?

No, I don't want a room in this hotel. The owner and I disagree politically. by Author Traditionally, hoteliers have always considered location, quality of guest experience and price points to be the key factors for driving demand. But now, it appears that guests are making a political statement through their choice of hotels. Sadly, not everything contributing to this choice would fall under the control of the hotel, which means prevention of such adversity is often impossible. A recent, extreme example comes from New York, and it grabbed headlines all over the USA. The hotel-condo hybrid, wh...
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Daniel Stecher

The holy grail of IROPS recovery: Information and Collaboration

There are three universal truths in commercial aviation: 1. Delays cost money and goodwill; we can afford neither 2. Information is wealth – distribute it honestly and sincerely 3. United we stand, divided we fall (no pun intended)   Contrary to popular belief, airline companies, passengers and travel partners have one thing in common: None of them want a flight to be delayed. That's right, no airline in the world is happy to delay a flight; not only does it cost them a lot of money as penalties and additional charges, but it also makes their customers hate them and trust them less – and ...
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