Mer­lot. aero spreads global wings

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2013 was the best ever year for mer­, 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 mer­ soft­ware to im­prove their op­er­a­tional man­age­ment. Mer­’s charge into the United States is led by its largest US cus­tomer, Al­le­giant Air, a low-cost pas­sen­ger air­line based in Las Ve­gas.

Mer­ 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.

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