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merlot.aero, the world’s first cloud-based airline management system, added 16 new airlines across three regions and seven countries last year.

And the Kiwi company is well down the track with a 2014 European entry strategy and UK office, as well as a plan to enter the South American market.

November was 2013’s standout month, seeing the company score a record six wins in North America from commuter airlines, cargo freighters across the frozen spaces of Alaska to Florida and Nevada’s warm weather charter operations using merlot.aero software to improve their operational management.

Merlot.aero’s charge into the US is led by its largest US customer, Allegiant Air, a low-cost, high efficiency, all-jet passenger airline based in Las Vegas.

However, says merlot.aero CEO and president Mark McCaughan (pictured), the company’s scalable software sees it working comfortably for airlines with fleets in excess of hundreds of aircraft and thousands of flights a day through to the mid-range operations and smaller, commuter airlines.

The company has ramped up its development projects team by 50 per cent to manage the growth, tripling staff numbers and establishing 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 Arabia-based airline, which will also operate in what is projected to become the world’s busiest airport in Dubai, has chosen merlot.aero to provide its cloud-based airline operations management system to manage crew and aircraft utilisation, control and reporting.

Merlot.aero has been recognised for its business growth, being a finalist in a number of business awards including the ANZ Best Business in the NZ Business Award, the QBE Insurance Exporter of the Year and DHL Express Success and Innovation Awards.

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