Kiwi airline software firm wins Innovation Award in Delhi

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Auckland, April 13, 2018

New Zealand airline software company Merlot Aero ( has been internationally recognised with an Innovation Award for its solver product.

The Company won the prestigious ‘Best Innovation Award’ at an industry event run by the ‘Airline Group’ or the ‘International Federation of Operational Research Societies’ (AGIFORS) in New Delhi.

Among the panel of judges were industry peers and airlines in the medium-to-large airline category.

Merlot Chief Executive Mark McCaughan described the Award as a ‘Massive endorsement of his Company’s product and growing capabilities in the fastest growing area with high margins.’

Optimal Solution

“Our solvers are designed using a mathematical algorithm which provides airlines with the most optimal solution to scheduling aircraft and crew. In a world where airlines are constantly driven by both minimising their costs and maximising utilisation of their aircraft and staff, our optimisation services provide a truly meaningful return on investment,” Mr McCaughan said.

Merlot’s cutting-edge tools and technology intelligently forecasts, organises, predicts, measures and reports on daily aircraft and crew utilisation while at the same time, ensuring that airlines achieve full regulatory compliance.

Technical Presentation

The Award was clinched after a technical presentation on ‘Paring and Roster Optimisation in the Cloud’ by Merlot Aero Optimisation Developer Dr Olga Perederieieva.

Dr Perederieieva explained during her presentation how the Merlot Optimisers work using ColGen and how cloud computing and the scalability thereof allow airlines to have solutions within reasonable time.

Voting on Merit

According to Qatar Airways Manager Systems & Training Manager and AGIFORS Study Group Chair Marcel Sol, the Presentation was very well received.

“At the end of the Conference, all delegates could vote for three different Awards. In this ballot, the Presentation of received the ‘Best Innovation Award,’ and to make it even more special, the Company came third in the ‘Best Technical Presentation Award,” he said.

Merlot’s Director of Optimisation Shane Stevens said it is excellent recognition of how the company is seen on the world aviation stage and its advanced optimisation technology.

“To win at our very first AGIFORS Conference was a very proud moment,” he said.

The Conference is one of a few in the world where airlines and various vendors meet to discuss the field of Crew Management.

About Merlot is the world’s first fully cloud-based airline operations management software business that airlines love to use.

The Company has grown from humble start-up beginnings to a robust international business in growth mode.

Merlot brings unique, highly innovative airline operational solutions that are continuing to change the game within the industry and to its global network of clients. currently works with more than 50 international airlines.


Photo Caption:

Marcel Sol congratulating Dr Olga Perederieieva at the Awards Ceremony.

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