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Scaling up the Airline Architecture!

Airline operation management is one of the most critical and complex ecosystems which includes planning, scheduling, fleet operations control, and management with ongoing analysis that defines changes in further planning.

The existing mix of legacy and new technologies is a well known issue that keeps hindering the smooth operational flow of work from time to time.

This is the main reason which triggers the carriers to accelerate legacy system modernization.

The best practice is to go from fundamentals and then scale up to more specific solutions.

This can be done while designing the new architecture; however the implementation can happen in the order that business feels as feasible.

Cloud Migration

It will help in reducing total cost of ownership. Specialized cloud airline software is customized and personalized as per the need and requirements. 

It helps in reducing the dependency on an in house IT system and reduces on site risk.

It also supports the scaling up process and protects the system from crashing the servers in case of sudden spike in the demand.

The most significant benefit is that it brings the remotely working teams together and thus supports the global presence of the airlines.

Monolithic and Microservice Architecture

A monolithic architecture is the conventional and most commonly used architecture. It promotes coexistence of all the software components and thus making them highly dependent on one another.

A monolithic architecture most likely boasts of a single codebase repository for development. This is more exposed to code conflicts and may end up slowing down the pace of work.

Microservice architecture is the promoter of breaking down monolithic applications into smaller self sustainable components and thus takes a more modern approach towards building large scale applications.

These individual smaller components runs as an independent body.

Data Management

Global Aviation Data Management program is a data management platform which integrates all sources of operational data from various channels.

It supports a comprehensive, cross database analysis, supporting a dynamic data driven approach for advanced trend analysis and predictive risk mitigation.

Enterprise mobility

It doesn’t only include mobile into their current system but also helps is using mobility to channelise how they promote business, streamline workflow, increase efficiency of employees and reduce cost.

Enterprise mobility management offers flexibility to businesses to create new and innovative ways to overall improve productivity and reduce the dependency on traditional ways of working.

Automation of Asset Management

Automation of asset management assists in maintaining airport facilities, managing fleets and optimising the total cost of airport ownership as well as improving the customer experience.

Automation helps in providing a anytime real picture of movable assets and people on digital displays that are aligned with planning and scheduling softwares so that any deviation from the same can be easily accessed by the airport ground staff.

Decision support systems for disruption management and in flight optimization

Disruptions are irregularities in the operation of flight management. It can happen due to bad weather, congestion at the airports, aircraft mechanical problems etc and thus can cause delays or cancellations of flights causing a loss of thousands of dollars to the airlines.

Risk mitigation is the approach that needs to be taken while designing solutions for the same. 

Multi – agent systems for disruption management automation

Its main focus is on aircraft recovery, crew recovery and passenger recovery. 

It supports the legacy system and doesn’t require complete modernization.

Gradual replacement

Replacing one or a limited number of components at a time. – thus reducing the risks and business impact.

Prioritising the sphere of change and modernization (from simple to complex or from complex to simple)

Decoupling the elements thereby reducing their inter dependencies and building an enterprise service bus (ESB) and application programming interface (API) layers between decoupled modules.

The wrapper approach can be adopted to ensure higher flexibility of new systems in advance so that they are not depended too much on underlying softwares.

Cloud migration of mobile critical components.

Conclusion

Migration is a critical and foundational step in the business’s journey to achieve operational efficiency along with rapid scalability.

References

https://www.altexsoft.com/blog/business/modernizing-legacy-systems-in-airline-operations-management-approaches-and-best-practices/

A Servant Leader having experience in Indian and US Healthcare; in Utilization Management, Agile Management, Fraud, Waste and Abuse Management, HMS/EMR Software development.

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