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Innovation is the key.

Innovation is vital to stay in the game. To us, innovation is not reserved to R&D labs, big corporations and industry leaders. Innovations drive our daily lives and business.

Innovation is the key to differentiate ourselves from the competition, it is the key to higher efficiency, customer satisfaction, growth as well as savings. Continuous innovation is key to success.

We adopted the principle of open innovation to make and keep KEOPS CC state of the art and the complete operations suite lean and low cost. XLM Aero designs its new generation of solutions through an open network of interested customers, software engineers, industry peers and partners, all working interactively with one another to #MakeThingsBetter.


Product development targets the enhancement of current applications in close cooperation with our customers meeting their needs. It is about challenging and confronting us with what you think to #MakeKEOPSBetter, faster, simpler and more efficient.


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We believe true creativity comes from question not asked, people and collaboration not thought of.

Innovation is all about people. Innovation thrives when the population is diverse, accepting and willing to cooperate.

Vivek Wadhwa

The transformation to be ready for tomorrow

We radically changed our approach from marketing a finished product with all features and functions in place towards open R&D. This translates into proactively engaging our customers and peers in the innovation and realization process as drivers or supporters.

Our multiple viable product (MVP) approach assures frequent, incremental and iterative improvements based on the feedback received. We believe this is how software is developed in the future keeping risks and invest low and assure sustainable bankable results for the parties engaged.

Our framework for innovation has the following blocks

Minimum Viable Product (MVP) Development

Innovative blueprints are shared with potential investors, launch customers or supportive peer groups to determine the frame of collaboration for MVP development.

The objective is to provide a solution with minimal features for early adopters to use and to prove the benefits and ROI. The MVP tackles the most important and most basic problems.

A better product is to be developed based on feedback and continuous cooperation.

The idea is to maximize learning and minimize the development cost and implementation risks.   

Agile . Incremental . Iterative . Fast . Flexible 


The 4 airlines innovation roundtable is a 2 days open interaction, networking and hands on innovation think tank for industry peers to disrupt, challenge and identify solutions. iGroups elaborate ideas and determine marketable innovation outlines.

Rewards are shared.


Today there is no standard for CI calculations. Operating cost for CI calculations are provided by applying traditional cost value calculations. The re-/calculation cycles of CIs range from manufacture based recommendations per aircraft type, per season, quarterly, monthly, weekly, daily to per individual flight. The leverage of accurate operating cost for fuel and cost of time is not proven. 

The biggest error in calculating CI values undoubtedly comes from the miscalculation of operating cost. This is unlikely to be resolved until flight operations and financial departments of airlines cooperate.

Holly Edwards,Darron Dixo-Hardy and Zia Wadud. Optimisation of Aircraft Cost Indices to Reduce Fuel Use. 1 August 2014. Aircraft Cost Index and the Future of Carbon Emissions from Air Travel 2015 . A New Model for Aircraft Cost Index Calculation. TRB Annual Meeting 2016.


XLM Aero is confident that significant savings are generated with an optimal CI based on accurate operating cost not only pre-flight, but also by taking in-flight cost drivers changes into account by providing the latest real-time operating cost for delays and misconnections. 

Proof of concept objective

Significant fuel and cost savings when an optima CI is calculated based on exact operating cost.

Expected results to be measured and verified: calculate an optimal cost index (CI) on a flight by flight basis with KEOPS CC and compare the results with the currently applied CI savings and values applied by an airline.

KEOPS CC has the ingredients ready for proof of concept (POC) or to provide a minimum viable product (MVP) demo. KEOPS CC is an activity based costing solution providing exact airline operating cost.

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IRREG and cost impact prediction

Today airport collaborative decision making (A-CDM) is about airport individual departure management. Target off block times (TOBTs) are set by the handling party based on experience, not based on calculated, required or predicted turnaround times. A highly digitalized industry applies outdates times.

requires the ability to collaborate and share ideas with other people, and to sit down and talk with customers and get their feedback and understand their needs.

Bill Gates




Minimum Connecting Time (MCT)

Apply MCT for reservation:

  • Day of OPS -> needed connecting time (NCT)
  • Day of OPS -> estimated connecting time (ECT)
  • Day of OPS -> required time of arrival (RTA)
  • Day of OPS -> required connecting time (RCT)

Minimum Ground Time (MinGT)

Appy MinGT for scheduling:

  • Day of OPS -> needed ground time (NGT)
  • Day of OPS -> variable ground time (VGT)
    according to steering activity applied
  • Day of OPS -> required ground time (RGT)

Static Taxi Time per airport / aircraft (STT)

Apply STT for scheduling:

  • Day of OPS -> variable taxi in and out time (VTT)

Framework - Status

Bad weather forecasts and their predicted impact on airport capacity are not published. The MET CDM process implemented in Australia is not an international standard.

ICAO Annex 14, Amendment 13 makes Runway Condition reporting compulsory for airport operators from November 2020. This is already enforced by the FAA in the US, with the use of the TALPA Matrix to determine Runway Condition Codes (RCC). ICAO Working Paper A 39-WP/286 19/8/16.

India presented a dynamic VTT calculation to improve the predictability of TTOT and TSAT. TTOT = TOBT + dynamic VTT.


With KEOPS CC worldwide airport charges are managed and calculated. In addition to the airport charges KEOPS CC++ can provide the airport status, MET and impact cost & condition predictions in one application for the airline’s network supplying OPS Control with best times and cost. KEOPS CC can be used as an impact calculation engine to analyze and track the impact of different scenarios and change to take the best economic decision in the OPS solution master system. With KEOPS CC rotation delays can be managed.


Provide the industry with a predictive impact awareness for better and more economic decisions complimenting the traditional master solutions. The provision of exact operating and irregularity costs generates significant savings.

Expected results to be measured and verified: compare the results of traditional cost and operations control results with the ones taken with KEOPS CC++. Document the cost savings and gains in passenger satisfaction and efficiency.

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Lease management

Maintenance cost are provided by traditional costing solutions as maintenance cost / FH. Exact calculation and cost predictions are not covered by today’s Maintenance Planning and ERP solutions. Lease contracts, lease return, lease and maintenance cost management are managed in different solutions.

Imagination plus innovation equals realization.

Denis waitley


KEOPS CC is an activity based costing and cost driver based solution. By changing from traditional costing to activity based costing, accurate cost and impact predictions will provide better decisions and cost savings.


Detect significant cost savings for maintenance and lease cost management

Expected results to be measured and verified: compare the traditional costing results with KEOPS CC calculations. KEOPS CC is to provide significant savings by applying accurate maintenance costing for operations and lease management

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