Stellar Labs and Rockwell Collins have unveiled their next generation flight operations management solution. The two companies are jointly developing a suite of integrated, cloud-based applications as a successor to Rockwell Collins' ARINCDirect Flight Operations System (FOS).
The quoting tool allows charter operators to quickly create and send branded quotes that offer multiple aircraft and itinerary options. The trip planning tool means trip planners can now use a web-based portal or their mobile device to get estimated flight times, view scheduled flights and drill down for details on itinerary, passengers and services. And the reporting and analytics helps sales and revenue managers understand quoted and scheduled flight volume, conversion rates, revenue and profit margin with preconfigured reports.
Rockwell Collins vice president, business and government aviation David Poltorak says: “Building upon the success of both Rockwell Collins' ARINCDirect FOS and Stellar's cloud-based applications, operators can expect to have all the functionalities of scheduling at their fingertips, on one mobile device versus several hardwired systems. Providing these new capabilities to our customers is just one way we are enhancing the user experience for ease, organisation and smoother back-end operations.”
Stellar founder and CEO David Fox adds: “Stellar is taking another big step in transforming the business aviation industry. Following the introduction of Stellar Cloud earlier this year, the launch of the next generation of FOS brings a powerful, web-based solution for flight operations management to an industry that badly needs it.”
The quoting feature is available now to US-based operators who currently use FOS in the Stellar Cloud. The trip planning tool will become available to Stellar's beta customers from November, as will the reporting and analytics tool. Other FOS customers can take advantage of the upgraded quoting feature now by upgrading to FOS in the Stellar Cloud. Users can migrate over time by keeping data synchronised, so operators do not need to enter the same data in both systems.