Posted in 2019 NEWSTagged , , receives “Most Innovative Airline Operations Software Company 2019.” has been named the “Most Innovative Airline Operations Software Company 2019” in the International Transport News Magazine –  Air Transport Awards. is a pioneer of SaaS airline crew performance solutions. Combining automation and mobile engagement solutions to train, schedule, track and govern distributed crew resources with powerful optimization algorithms enables airlines to balance cost, compliance, efficiency and crew satisfaction.

The awards celebrate the trailblazers of the industry and promote the companies and individuals who soared above the competition, intrinsic to the well-being and advancement of every nation across the globe.

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Merlot Aero’s Optimiser Solution Receives Accolades for “Best Innovation” Award at ACIO 2018 in Shanghai, China

At the 3rd Airline Chief Digital & Innovation Officer Summit (ACIO 2018), an annual event co-organised by Shanghai Society of Aeronautics and China Eastern Airlines, Merlot Aero’s internationally acclaimed Optimiser Solutions won the Best Innovation Award. Mark McCaughan, CEO, Merlot Aero accepted the award on behalf of the team. optimisation ACIO
Best Innovation Award – ACIO 2018

The two-day annual event was organised to discuss how airlines can embrace digital transformation and drive revenue by innovating the traveller experience. The conference saw renowned Chief Digital & Innovation officers and marketing/information technology/branding executives from over 40 airlines to discuss the challenges of going from a digital strategy to airline strategy.’s Optimisation Solution stood out in the Summit at Shanghai as it ensures an Airline of a digital transformation that can allow

  • – maximum ‘asset utilisation’ covering equipment, people and process
  • – enhanced strategic analysis and,
  • – increased accuracy and confidence in forecasting.


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Posted in 2018 NewsTagged , , Named Technology Investment Winner

Merlot Aero Limited has been recognised at the TIN Awards as one of the fastest growing technology companies in New Zealand for our size. We could only do this with the great support of our customers and hard work of our staff.

Here’s Brad Scheigis, Annemaree Shaw and Matt Dold accepting the Supreme Scale Up Award on 25th October. has been has named among the ten Technology Investment Network (TIN)
Absolute IT Supreme Scale-Ups in this year’s TIN Report, launched at a gala awards event in Auckland. On 24 October.

The TIN Report monitors the performance of New Zealand’s 200 (TIN100 and Next100) largest technology exporters in the areas of Information and Communications Technology (ICT), High-tech Manufacturing and Biotechnology. It is sponsored by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, Spark, EY, Absolute IT, James & Wells and Simmonds Stewart.
The Absolute IT Supreme Scale-Ups 2018 are the Next100 companies (ranked between 101-200 in the TIN200) with the largest revenue growth in the past year. Cloud video production platform 90 Seconds tops the list this year, with revenue growth of $7 million in 2018.

“Technology, and especially the onset of the digital revolution, is giving Kiwi companies the edge to compete globally on an even footing like never before,” said Tracey Johnson, General Manager, Absolute IT, sponsor of the Absolute IT Supreme Scale-Ups 2018. “The previous constraints of distance and size do not apply for many firms operating in the digital age and many of our small, nimble tech startup companies can scale into global players within a very short space of time.”

“This year’s collective revenue increase of 60.6% for the ten Absolute IT Supreme Scale-Ups is absolutely inspiring and showcases the continued growth momentum evident within the Next100 group of high-tech firms,” added Ms. Johnson.

This year’s awards for the ten highest growth Next100 companies have been rebranded to reflect the growing maturity of the TIN200. This year’s winners are no longer the young startups of years past. All ten of the Supreme Scale-Ups have been in operation for at least six years, have already proven market viability and are now expanding rapidly on a global scale.

The combined FY2018 growth for this year’s Absolute IT Supreme Scale-Ups was $45.5 million, representing a collective revenue increase of 60.6%. This awards group’s growth rate eclipsed the 12% rise recorded by the rest of the Next100 companies.

The 2018 TIN Report shows that turnover for New Zealand’s top 200 (‘the TIN200’) technology companies increased by 11% to reach $11.1 billion in the past year; the second billion-dollar growth result in three years and the driver behind a record profitability* rise for this group of companies.

Copies of the TIN Report are available in eBook or hard copy and can be ordered from More details on the 2018 TIN Report and a regional breakdown is available on

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WABA 2018

Westpac Auckland Business Awards

Finalist Excellence in International Trade – 2018

For the second consecutive year in a row, Merlot Aero has been selected as Finalist in Excellence in International Trade – 2018 at Westpac Auckland Business Awards. This is in recognition of our ongoing commitment to excellence.


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2018 “Most Innovative” Award Winners

We’ve won the “most innovative”  award at this years AGIFORS for our internationally recognised optimisation solutions.

Merlot Chief Executive Mark McCaughan describes the Award as a ‘Massive endorsement of his Company’s product and growing capabilities in the fastest growing area with high margins.’

“Our solvers are designed using a mathematical algorithm which provides airlines with the most optimal solution to scheduling aircraft and crew. In a world where airlines are constantly driven by both minimising their costs and maximising utilisation of their aircraft and staff, our optimisation services provide a truly meaningful return on investment,”


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