Flybig Adopts ARMS Unified Software Suite For Digitalized Operations

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Flybig, India’s newest airline has selected LAMINAAR Aviation Infotech’s ARMS® application software to kickstart their operations.

Flybig Enables Digitalisation

The ATR operator chose the ARMS® V2.5 unified platform for network planning, crew management, flight operations, flight dispatch, maintenance and engineering (M&E) and safety management. In addition, Flybig has also opted for the ARMS® mobility suite to enable digitalization and promote paperless operations.

Capt. Srinivas Rao, FRAeS, CEO of Flybig, says, “We chose ARMS® after their convincing demonstration of a new-age solution that we were looking for, and hoping it will keep our hands free from IT operations. Added to that, were the testimonials we received from their existing clients, and the fact that they have such a strong presence in India.”

Vivek Sheorey, CEO of LAMINAAR Aviation Infotech, said: “Being chosen by a significant new start-up airline is testimony to our products being agile and future ready. Airlines require real-time visibility and integration of data between flight operations.”

Mr. Sheorey added that their aim is to be FlyBig’s trusted partner for setting up systems and processes with speed and agility to enable faster decision making. “We congratulate Flybig for its successful launch and look forward to a long-term engagement,” he said.

With offices, design and development labs in Mumbai, Bangalore, Singapore and Denver (USA), LAMINAAR’s 75 plus global clients include top Indian airlines such as: Air India, GoAir, Vistara, SpiceJet among large scheduled operators and start-ups such as Star Air, besides over 20 large and small non-scheduled operators.

The company’s global clients include heavyweights Air Asia, Iberia, Silk Air of the Singapore Airlines group and Jin Air, the low cost subsidiary of Korean Airlines. Among the many large non-scheduled operators, Qatar-based Gulf Helicopters has been LAMINAAR’s client for nearly a decade.

The ARMS® V2.5 offers flexibility and seamless interoperability between its subsystems – flight ops, M&E, crew, safety, quality and analytics – that plays a critical role in any airline’s integrated operations initiative. The tech stack is easy to deploy, maintain, add components and features that bring non-disruptive incremental changes benefitting especially the large airlines.

In its launch flight in December 2020, Flybig flew from New Delhi to Shillong. On January 3, 2021, the airline started serving destinations from its Indore hub. Currently with two ATR 72-500s, the airline plans to add more ATR 72s as well as Dornier 228s.

Meanwhile, flybig, launched with an ambition of increasing connectivity between smaller cities has recently awarded its creative communication mandate to Havas Creative India. As part of the mandate, Havas Creative will be handling integrated creative and media duties for flybig. The business will be managed out of the agency’s Gurugram office.

Promoted by Gurugram-based Big Charter Private Limited, flybig began its operations in December 2020 and launched the inaugural flight from its Indore base to Ahmedabad on January 3, 2021.

In conjunction with the UDAN initiative, flybig focuses on connecting tier 2-3 cities (Raipur, Jabalpur, Shillong, Bhopal, Rupsi, Passighat) within India and aims to provide connectivity to destinations that were hitherto not accessible by air, whilst also providing convenient timings for travel.

The airline will operate several weekly flights on routes under the Centre’s Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS), which connects smaller towns and cities and includes government support in the form of viability gap funding, besides tax concessions.

Earlier this week, Fly Big launched a direct flight service between Bhopal and Ahmedabad at Raja Bhoj airport. It will be available on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from Bhopal to Ahmedabad. The company also plans to start flights from Bhopal, Jabalpur, Chhindwara, Satna and other districts of Madhya Pradesh. Apart from this, there is also a plan of connecting Raipur and Bilaspur cities of Chhattisgarh.
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