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KLM Airlines selects Quintiq for pilot and simulator planning

After a thorough selection process KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM) has chosen Quintiq for an advanced pilot transition, vacation and simulator planning system.

The new system will replace the current legacy systems that are no longer compliant with the KLM IT standards.

More than 2100 Commercial Pilots work for KLM, operating Boeing 777, 747, 737, MD-11 and Airbus A330 aircraft. Another 600 pilots operate the KLM Cityhopper aircraft (Fokker 70, 100 and Embraer 190). To plan around 700 pilot transitions, 8,000 holiday awards, and 11,000 simulator slots per year, KLM uses a mix of legacy systems, spreadsheets and manual intervention. Due to the increasing complexities and number of pilots, there was a need for a more flexible and powerful planning application to replace the legacy systems. After a thorough selection process Quintiq was chosen for its ability to fully incorporate collective labor agreement rules and apply all KLM-specific constraints.

The new Quintiq system will enable KLM to optimize the planning for pilot transition, vacation and simulator planning respecting all rules and constraints. It will also integrate the simulator capacity planning with the manpower planning system and allow multiple users to work on the same plan at the same time, greatly improving efficiency.

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines was founded in 1919, making it the world’s oldest airline operating under its original name. In 2004, Air France and KLM merged to form AIR FRANCE KLM. The merger produced the strongest European airline group based on two powerful brand names and hubs – Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Paris Charles de Gaulle. The two airlines collaborate on three core activities while maintaining their own identities – passenger transport, cargo, transport, and aircraft maintenance.

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