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Over 800,000 pilots and crew worldwide must be optimized to deliver the necessary paradigm shift in airline performance. With this shared goal at the heart of what we do, we have created a unique event focused on elevating airline crew performance.

The merlot.aero Airline Performance Summit 2019 will bring together leaders from airlines worldwide and spans strategic industry challenges and roadmaps, to hands-on working groups and training sessions to discuss the vision.

Please join us for the Airline Performance Summit in Auckland, New Zealand, April 2 – 4, 2019.

Top 6 Reasons to Attend:

• CONNECT with other airlines and merlot.aero experts during interactive sessions and networking events
• DISCOVER how we are responding to industry trends to help you make the best crew optimization decisions
• SHARE best practices in our collaborative sessions on pairing and roster optimization
• LEARN about trends in workforce planning and provide early input to the latest R&D
• ENGAGE in hands-on training for our self-service pairing optimizer
• UNCOVER how our experts-as-a-service can assist you in making the best decisions

Agenda & Presenter Profiles

Tuesday April 2

Venue: Maritime Room
Princes Wharf, Viaduct Harbour, Victoria St West, Auckland 1142.

09:00 – Customer meeting slot 1

09:30 – Customer meeting slot 2

10:00 – Registration

10:30 – Unleashing insights for high performing airline crews – the merlot.aero vision – Mark McCaughan

11:30 – Elevating performance – the merlot.aero optimization roadmap – Shane Stevens

12:30 – Networking lunch break

13:30 – Latest trends in Workforce planning and new product sneak peek – Shane Stevens & Oliver Weide

15:00 – Networking coffee break

15:30 – Latest trends in recovery optimization and disruption avoidance – Shane Stevens

17:00 – Wrap up/logistics – Mark McCaughan

18:00 – Social event: Dr Rudi’s Rooftop Brewing Co.

Customer Meeting Slots: Opportunity to meet with Mark and Shane (and appropriate Optimization Team members) for:

• Existing clients: conduct in person the usual monthly account review, plus discuss how to further improve optimization at your airline.

• Potential clients: discuss your airlines individual challenges and concerns and how Merlot optimization could address these.

Wednesday April 3

Venue: Maritime Room
Princes Wharf, Viaduct Harbour, Victoria St West, Auckland 1142.

08:30 – Customer meeting slot 3

09:00 – Customer meeting slot 4

09:30 – Customer meeting slot 5

10:00 – Collaborative session on leveraging expert-as-a-service encompassing pairing and roster optimization, FRMS and iterative PBS – Shane Stevens & Oliver Weide

12:30 – Networking lunch break

13:30 – Delay profiling to improve pairing efficiencies – Olga Perederieieva
14:15 Demonstration of tail assignment, integrated routing, pairing and re-timing – Meherzad Lakadia

15:15 – Networking coffee break
15:45 –  R&D sneak peak – Smart Rules – Oliver Weide

16:05 – Quantifying and reporting optimization success & quality – Shane Stevens
16:45  – Sponsor presentation

17:00 – Wrap up/logistics – Mark McCaughan

Customer Meeting Slots: Opportunity to meet with Mark and Shane (and appropriate Optimization Team members) for:

• Existing clients: conduct in person the usual monthly account review, plus discuss how to further improve optimization at your airline.

• Potential clients: discuss your airlines individual challenges and concerns and how Merlot optimization could address these.

Thursday April 4

Venue: Maritime Room
Princes Wharf, Viaduct Harbour, Victoria St West, Auckland 1142.

08:30 – Customer meeting slot 6

09:00 – Customer meeting slot 7

09:30 – Customer meeting slot 8

10:00 – Collaborative training on pairing optimization self-service – workshop led by Shane Stevens & Oliver Weide (optional attendance)

12:30 – Networking lunch break

13:30 – Workforce planning: R&D design – workshop led by Shane Stevens & Oliver Weide (optional attendance)

16:00 – Wrap up – Shane Stevens

Customer Meeting Slots: Opportunity to meet with Mark and Shane (and appropriate Optimization Team members) for:

• Existing clients: conduct in person the usual monthly account review, plus discuss how to further improve optimization at your airline.

• Potential clients: discuss your airlines individual challenges and concerns and how Merlot optimization could address these.

Presenter Profiles

Mark McCaughan, CEO and director has over 25 years of aviation software experience with a focus on enterprise SaaS innovation. Mark founded merlot.aero in 2008 after successfully founding and selling airline software and is responsible for overall strategic leadership of the company.

Shane Stevens, Head of Optimisation, has over 18 years of experience in designing, implementing, and championing complex software applications, with 11 roles in the airline industry. He has spent the last 10 years successfully getting the best out of optimisation solutions in a variety of airlines. Prior to joining merlot.aero, Shane was the Manager of Crew Optimisation at Etihad Airways.

Dr Oliver Weide, is the Optimisation Architect / Team Leader at merlot.aero since 2013. He has developed the core optimisation engine for solving pairing and roster optimisation problems. He has more than 10 years of experience of solving airline scheduling and other operations research problems. Oliver holds a PhD in Engineering Science from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Dr Olga Perederieieva, is an Optimisation Developer at merlot.aero. She is experienced in operations research and software development. Olga holds a PhD in Engineering Science from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Meherzad Lakadia, is an Optimisation Business Analyst at merlot.aero. He is experienced in providing analytics to airlines to help tackle a variety of planning and operational problems.

Getting Here

Maritime Room

Auckland Viaduct, Corner of Quay and Hobson

Dr Rudi's Rooftop Bar for April 2, 18:00

Level 2/204 Quay Street, Viaduct

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