Merlot. aero spreads global wings
2013 was the best ever year for merlot.aero, the New Zealand-based developer of the world’s first cloud-based airline management system. Spreading its global wings has seen it add 16 new airlines across three regions and seven countries. It is also well down the track with a 2014 European entry strategy and UK office, as well as a plan to enter the South American market.
Last November saw the company score a record six wins in North America from commuter airlines, cargo freighters and charter operations using merlot.aero software to improve their operational management. Merlot.aero’s charge into the United States is led by its largest US customer, Allegiant Air, a low-cost passenger airline based in Las Vegas.
Merlot.aero has ramped up its development projects team by 50 percent to manage growth. Overall, the company has tripled its staff numbers and now has a US presence in Seattle, with further staff spread over New Zealand, Indonesia, England, Canada, Romania, Ukraine, and the Philippines.
Its success in the Middle East – including Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia – will see merlot. aero open an office in the region, to meet the exponential growth of low cost airlines.
Flynas, a Saudi Arabiabased airline, has chosen merlot. aero to provide its cloud-based airline operations management system to manage crew and aircraft utilisation, control and reporting. The six year old airline is also on a fast growth curve and has just announced plans to enter the long-haul market in 2014.
Merlot. aero is also supporting North American airlines to comply with FAR 117 which amends Federal Aviation Admistration (FAA) existing flight, duty and rest regulations for certificate holders and their flight crew.