January 21, 2008easyJet Automates and Optimizes Crew Pairings with Kronos®
Powerful optimization technology and consulting approach key for low-cost carrier
CHELMSFORD, Mass. and MONTREAL, Jan. 21, 2008 — Europe’s leading low-cost carrier, easyJet, has selected the Altitude Pairing™ solution from Kronos® Incorporated to improve its current crew planning processes. Altitude Pairing, developed by the AD OPT Division within Kronos, will provide easyJet planners and management with tools to understand the entire planning process in an effort to build cost-effective and operations-friendly pairings, while respecting company rules and regulations.
“In support of our year-over-year network growth, and to achieve economies of scale, we required a more sophisticated solution to assist in the management of our crew costs,” said Cor Vrieswijk, operations director at easyJet. “Our overarching objective is to improve the planning process. We expect our crew planning department to greatly benefit from Altitude Pairing’s ability to support extended ‘what-if’ capabilities by providing our planners the ability to explore new and alternate scenarios.”
With a need for optimization technology to manage a growing number of crewmembers, Altitude Pairing will automate and simplify the planning process, providing easyJet the ability to make better decisions through greater insight.
“As a result of an ongoing consulting relationship, a successful proof of concept, and a stringent procurement process, Kronos was able to demonstrate the extended value of its optimized pairing solution,” added Vrieswijk. “Kronos’ tailored consulting approach was a key factor in our decision.”
With the automated and optimized development of its crew pairings, easyJet will benefit from Altitude Pairing’s ability to assist planners in performing daily tasks while also improving both short- and long-term planning capabilities.
“We are very pleased to include the fourth-largest intra-European airline amongst the numerous international airlines that manage pairings with the Altitude Pairing solution,” said Tom Ivaskiv, vice president and general manager of Kronos’ AD OPT Division. “Our goal is to assist large, mid-size, and growth-minded airlines across the globe with their complex crew planning needs. easyJet’s confidence in Kronos further demonstrates our ability to meet the unique challenges of low-cost carriers.”
easyJet, Europe’s leading low-cost carrier, provides customers with safe, good value, point-to-point air services. The company’s mission is to offer a consistent and reliable product, and fares appealing to leisure and business markets on a range of European routes. easyJet achieves these goals by developing its people and establishing lasting relationships with suppliers. Learn more about easyJet at www.easyjet.com.
About Kronos Incorporated
Kronos Incorporated empowers organizations around the world to effectively manage their workforce. At Kronos, we are experts who are solely focused on delivering software and services that enable organizations to reduce costs, increase productivity, improve employee satisfaction, and ultimately enhance the level of service they provide. Kronos serves customers in more than 60 countries through its network of offices, subsidiaries, and distributors. Widely recognized as a market and thought leader in managing the workforce, Kronos has unrivaled reach with more than 30 million people using a Kronos solution every day. Learn more about Kronos at www.kronos.com. Learn more about Kronos’ AD OPT division at www.ad-opt.com.