Skywest Airlines of Western Australia joins merlot.aero revolution !

Skywest Airlines, The Premier Regional Airline of Western Australia has gone 'GREEN' with the use of an innovative Paperless Solution provided by Merlot.Aero

AUCKLAND, New Zealand; August 21, 2009; Skywest Airlines, Western Australia's premier regional airline is the first airline to take on merlot.pda.

merlot.pda is an easy to use solution, deployed over a PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) device and a major advance for airlines moving towards a paperless aircraft. It will enable Skywest Airlines to replace many of its paper forms traditionally completed by crew onboard the aircraft. Thereby simplifying the process of recording information, easing the crews' workload and improving efficiencies by eliminating the need for data to be manually uploaded to existing airline systems.

By introducing this solution, Skywest Airlines is underlining its role as a leading regional airline in Australia.

The merlot.pda tools Skywest Airlines have chosen to use include merlot.BarControl, a bar sales and inventory tool; merlot.FlightLog, a flight-journey log capture tool allowing crew to record relevant data pertaining to the flight; and merlot.Weight&Balance, a tool used to produce the final load sheet.

"The agreement with Skywest Airlines is an important milestone for merlot.aero. We are pleased to welcome Skywest Airlines as our inaugural merlot.pda customer," said Mark McCaughan, CEO at Merlot.aero. "merlot.pda will put us on track to build a reputation in the industry as a leader in innovation and development of high performance airline operations management tools."

"A paperless aircraft brings a lot of efficiency into our flight operations, by reducing the workload of crew and automating the upload of aircraft data to our existing airline operations management system," said Mr Terry Cooper, General Manager Operations of Skywest Airlines. "We believe in the vision of Merlot.aero backed by their industry experience and willingness to be flexible will allow our airline future growth."

About Skywest Airlines

Now in its forty-sixth year, Skywest Airlines operates a comprehensive regional network in Western Australia. Services are also provided to Bali and Darwin. The airline carries 400,000 passengers annually across Western Australia and operates a fleet of 15 high capacity airliners.

About Merlot.aero

Merlot.aero delivers a complete organisational management solution offering all aspects of airline resource planning and control to ensure the safety, efficiency and quality of airline crew and operational environment.

It assures control of core operational information that will enable airline staff to effectively manage their business and easily achieve regulatory compliance while maximising the airline's operational efficiency. Merlot.aero is the only truly internet based airline operations management tool on the market.

Merlot.aero is headquartered in Auckland, New Zealand.

For Further Information, Contact:
    Mark McCaughan
    CEO
    Merlot.aero
    Tel: +64 21 605 149
    Email: mark@merlot.aero

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