AN AVASCENT AND CLOSED LOOP WHITE PAPER
By Michael Bryan · Philip Benedict · Jay Carmel · Samuel Dinte
On the heels of “Connected Aircraft / Disconnected Airlines, Part I” comes an additional look at eEnablement’s cross-cutting impact on an airline’s operational and passenger engagement missions. Elevating eEnablement from a mere technology investment to an enterprise-wide strategic imperative will be critical if airlines and suppliers alike are to succeed in an increasingly connected environment.
As discussed in the May 2015 Closed Loop/Avascent white paper, the advent of eEnablement (eE) is poised to revolutionize the aviation ecosystem by using “data creation, subscription, analysis, consolidation, and value-added capabilities” to help airlines more effectively achieve inherent operational and customer engagement missions. Furthermore, eE will ensure an airline’s ability to integrate into the broader airline environment, where sharing data is vital to future success. In light of eE’s tremendous impact, it will be critical for airlines and industry to elevate eE as a strategic imperative and devote proper resources and attention to its successful design and implementation. This is not unlike other critically important investments that have a dual impact on both an airline’s operations and customer engagement strategies, such as the aircraft themselves and cabin interiors.
Many assets and services that are inherently tied only to one mission or the other – not both – remain routine decisions that can be made effectively within the multitude of individual business units. A handful of other investments, however, have cross-cutting impact on both an airline’s operations as well as the customer’s travel experience, and therefore require greater attention by senior leadership given their far-reaching strategic importance.
Airlines and industry alike continue to treat eE as an aircraft-centric technology acquisition, ultimately leading to numerous project difficulties and failures that have been costly for airlines and suppliers alike. In reality, eE is an enterprise-wide strategic investment, because the benefits of eE heavily underpin both operational and customer engagement goals of the airline.
Impact on Operations & Customer Engagement
Integrating the plethora of aviation data ‘touch points’ (such as maintenance teams, flight ops, and airport crews) can provide real-time, actionable intelligence that drives enhanced situational awareness and improves decision-making, which ultimately supports operational efficiency and customer engagement goals. In an eEnabled environment, touch points that were once stagnant and stovepiped instead become data-driven and dynamic.
Such far-reaching benefits therefore require airlines to elevate eE decision-making processes such that executives develop enterprise-wide eE requirements. Suppliers meanwhile must think beyond just installing boxes on aircraft, and instead look to understand what technical solutions can best meet these cross-cutting airline needs.
For airlines and suppliers’ to remain competitive in a world increasingly defined by constant connectivity, eE must be given a chance to succeed by recognizing its far-reaching impact on airlines’ operational and passenger engagement missions. Just as the aircraft itself and cabin interiors demand significant attention given their tremendous impact on an airline’s success, eE now obligates both airline and suppliers to reconsider how they are allocating both internal resources and external support teams to this transformative investment area.
For airlines, near-term goals begin with developing thorough, enterprise-wide eE requirements that drive clear business outcomes. Similarly, suppliers must assess how their technology solutions can help airlines achieve key eE goals; this begins with a careful evaluation of the airline community’s diverse eE needs and acquiring an understanding of how legacy and upstart competitors alike are jockeying for airlines’ attention.
As outlined here and by other thought leaders in the aviation community, the path to an eEnabled airline clearly goes well beyond just installing boxes and antennas to the aircraft alone. In reality, it requires a substantial investment of time and resources to understand how new data streams across the enterprise can support essential airline missions. While this can be a daunting and largely uncharted new area to explore, bringing a measured and dedicated approach can allow the industry to break new ground and usher in the next era of aviation transformation.
Click here to read Connected Aircraft / Disconnected Airlines, Part I
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Captain Michael Bryan is a Principal at Closed Loop. Michael has over 40 years and in excess of 18,000 hours flying experience across airline, regional, business and general aviation sectors, and currently holds a command on the Airbus A380 and is a qualified LOSA Auditor. He has held various Airline Flight Operations management roles, where he supported early EFB implementation programs while also serving as Chairman of the ATA / AIA “Digital Data” Flight Operations Working Group. In addition, Michael has also been a delegate to the ATN PETAL II and initial ATN/FANS harmonization programs sponsored by Eurocontrol and Boeing. For more information, please contact: Michael.Bryan@loopclosed.com.au
Philip Benedict is a Principal at Closed Loop focusing on customer eEnablement and EFB strategies. With over 30 years of industry experience, Phil previously worked at Jeppesen where he participated in many of their digital data initiatives, and he was the GM at Spirent Systems who introduced the airborne server and EFB applications at several airlines. More recently Phil worked for Teledyne Controls and Cobham where he was VP of Strategic Development. For more information, please contact: Phil.Benedict@loopclosed.com.au
Jay Carmel is an Associate at Avascent. He has supported a wide range of OEMs, niche component providers, and financial sponsors on over 75 projects spanning numerous Aerospace and Defense market areas. Jay primarily focuses on delivering strategic growth, value capture, and M&A support services within the Commercial Aviation sector, leveraging subject matter expertise in aviation connectivity and Air Traffic Management solutions, cockpit and cabin electronics, simulation and training, and aerostructures. For more information, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sam Dinte is a Consultant at Avascent. His work has focused on transaction advisory for private equity firms investing in the aerospace and defense space, global market assessments for airborne and ground vehicle clients, and broad strategic engagements related to navigating the federal markets. Sam’s primary focus is commercial aerospace, where he has supported strategic and transactional engagements in the aircraft connectivity, aerostructures, Class C parts, and aircraft interiors sectors. For more information, please contact: email@example.com
ABOUT CLOSED LOOP
Closed Loop Consulting is a niche global aviation consultancy focused on the successful delivery of financially sound, strategically conceived, business driven and sustainable project, program and change outcomes for the operational divisions of the aviation industry.
Avascent is the leading strategy and management consulting firm serving clients operating in government-driven markets. Working with corporate leaders and financial investors, Avascent delivers sophisticated, fact-based solutions in the areas of strategic growth, value capture, and mergers and acquisition support.