IBS Software Services (IBS), a Technopark-based company specialising in IT solutions for the travel, transportation and logistics industries, has entered into a tie-up with Ireland's national airline, Aer Lingus, to supply software for crew management.

The Manpower Management (MPM) solution to be supplied by IBS is expected to help Aer Lingus plan cost-effective and efficient operations of its fleet with an optimal level of properly trained and appropriately qualified cockpit and cabin crew.

Aer Lingus, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, operates scheduled flights to 75 destinations across 22 countries. It is the first airline in Europe to opt for the MPM solution launched last year.

IBS' Manpower Management solution was developed with inputs from four global airlines — Air Astana, ‘easyJet' Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, and Qatar Airways. A spokesman for the company said the solution was designed to enable faster crew allocation decisions, leading to a reduction in crew costs through improved recruitment process, training plans, and crew movement profiles.

Crew cost represents a significant percentage of the airline's total cost base and is, therefore, an area of special focus. In a statement from Dublin, Fergus Wilson, Aer Lingus' Chief Operating Officer, said the airline was looking forward to a successful partnership with IBS.