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Auckland,New Zealand, November 1,2019. merlot.aero recognized with ‘Excellence in Innovation’ award at the Westpac Auckland Business Awards.

Pioneer of airline crew performance solutions,merlot.aero, has been recognized for innovation in airline operations software.

The award was delivered at the Westpac Business Awards, Central 2019 which is hosted annually by the Auckland Business Chamber in partnership with Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development.The high-profile award celebrates innovation and creativity in the business sector and have been a highlight of Auckland’s business calendar for over 10 years.

“We are thrilled to have been recognized as a business innovator. It helps that we are focused on the exciting challenges of improving airline performance and crew satisfaction – we are passionate about aviation and travel, so it helps to love what you are doing.” says James Braatvedt, Chief Strategy Officer at merlot.aero. “We have a long history of innovation – being first to cloud and first to mobile in the airline crew software market. As we look to the future, we have spent a lot of time on howto systematically drive continued innovation – one such example is the merlot.aero Innovation Labs which have rapidly developed new solutions by working alongside airlines from conception to fruition. We are developing world-leading mathematical optimization solutions right here in Auckland and are doubling down on our vision for how machine learning, blockchain and other technology innovations can be the genesis of new solutions. Innovation goes beyond just technology – with a focus on being a brilliant place to work, having world-class processes, and how to serve customers better, we are constantly embracing change and ideating on how we can make a difference.”

merlot.aero shared the stage with some of New Zealand’s most iconic brands who finalists for the award, including Afterpay,Dotterel Technologies, Libelle Group Ltd, Pushpay, and Verifi Identity Services Ltd. The Excellence in Innovation award was sponsored by the Ministry of Social Development.

merlot.aero is currently subscribing their 2020 Innovation Labs focusing on proactively avoiding airline disruptions and next-generation crew engagement.

About merlot.aero:

merlot.aero is a pioneer of cloud-based airline crew performance solutions which underpin lowest cost, highest performance, and disruptive innovation strategies. Our Crew Operations solutions create a strategic data foundation for brilliant decisions with robust business logic across crew training, scheduling, tracking and governance. Our Crew Optimization solutions help shape long-range crew plans with new levels of precision, optimize near-term schedules by evaluating thousands of scenarios, avoid disruption through predictive analytics, and harmonizes day-of-operations by quickly interacting with crew and resources. The result: step-change performance across the entire crew lifecycle. Based in Auckland, New Zealand, merlot.aero has operations and customers in over 20 countries. Find out how airlines unleash crew performance at www.merlot.aero

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