The US-based regional airline CommutAir signed a contract with NAVBLUE to implement N-Ops & Crew (N-OC) and N-Flight Planning (N-FP)
CommutAir, who currently uses N-Preferential Bidding System (N-PBS) for both pilots and cabin crew, will enhance their operational productivity with the N-OC and N-FP solutions by enhancing and automating the workflow between departments while reducing costs. Additionally, as all stakeholders will have access to information in real-time the OCC collaborative decision making will be improved.
N-Ops & Crew will enable CommutAir to manage long term planning as well as day-of-ops on a single platform. N-Ops & Crew will enable CommutAir to plan and distribute their network schedules, maintain full operations control with configurable operating rules, as well as manage and optimize crew schedule planning, day-of-ops crew control, crew training and qualifications, and crew mobile access.
N-Flight Planning, the fully scalable web-based flight plan optimization solution will allow CommutAir to create the safest and most cost-effective routes for their operations. Integration with N-OC will offer quick response times for day-of operation changes and ensure everyone in the OCC is on the same page.
Thomas Lagaillarde, Vice President Product Portfolio & Programmes at NAVBLUE, said: “It is a privilege for NAVBLUE to extend our partnership with CommutAir and provide them with our N-Ops & Crew and N-Flight Planning solutions. CommutAir will be able to significantly improve their operational efficiency while reducing costs. We are sure N-Ops & Crew and N-Flight Planning will be a game changer for CommutAir and we will assist them at every stage to ensure they fully benefit from these solutions. NAVBLUE looks forward to continuing our collaboration and supporting CommutAir Flight Operations strategic objectives and activities, now and into the future.”
Radha Iyer, Chief Technology Officer at CommutAir, said: “As CommutAir continues its rapid expansion, the deployment of a next generation Flight Planning system followed next year by the Ops and Crew management solution will provide our teams with the tools to excel in the management of our complex operations, both day of and long term. Our partnership with NAVBLUE has been focused on streamlining our business processes and systems across the vital functions of crew planning/bidding, day of flight & crew legality management, and Flight planning. In October 2021 we successfully launched N-FP in our operations center in Cleveland,OH and will be embarking on our all digital paperless cockpit in November. We will be replacing our legacy Crew and Ops system with NAVBLUE’s N-OC product next. I am proud of all of the work the CommutAir family has accomplished throughout this exciting journey.”
Founded in 1989, CommutAir operates as United Express and is majority-owned by Champlain Enterprises, Inc. and 40% owned by United Airlines, Inc. CommutAir operates ~1,500 weekly flights to 50+ destinations in the US and Canada, using the Embraer ERJ145 aircraft, from bases in Houston, Denver, and Washington, Dulles.