Implantación de un software de estandarización del formato de hojas de carga en Vueling S.A.
Document typeBachelor thesis
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This final degree project analyses the implementation of the eLoadsheet tool, a novel software the objective of which is the auto generation and management of loadsheets in Vueling Airlines. This analysis is performed from the point of view of the Flight Operations Engineering Department. The implementation process took place within the first quarter of 2016, although by June of 2016, the implantation still has to be considered partial. The main purpose that is pursued is the homogenization and centralization of the system that manages loadsheets, by defining the new concept of Vueling Departure Control System (VDCS), with the progressive implantation of this system in the different airports being operated by the airline. The main aims of the work are fundamentally two. On the one hand, to study in depth the new system, by detailing its characteristics, precusors, interaction with other already existent systems and instructions and examples of use of administrator and user environments. On the other hand, to analyze the whole implantation of this tool, from the Flight Operations Engineering perspective, by studying the evolution of the tasks of this department with regard to weight and balance control, due to the introduction of eLoadsheet. This analysis will be performed qualitatively, by detailing the different workflows, as well as quantitatively, by defining some metrics or objective indicators. Likewise, to complete the two previous aims, a real practical case of utilization of eLoadsheet is included, which corresponds to the procedure carried out by Flight Operations Engineering, in relation to VDCS, for the inclusion of the new Airbus A321-231 (EC-MLD) in the Vueling Airlines fleet. Regarding the conclusions of the work, it has been confirmed some aspects already expected, like the extreme importance that entails the weight and balance control tasks in the daily operation of an airline, and the complexity of implementing a new system which is able to centralize and homogenize the generation of the loadsheets, an essential document for all the flights. Moreover, during and once the development of this project is ended, by analyzing the defined metrics, it has been noted that the apparition of the concept VDCS entails a significant reduction of workload for Flight Operations Engineering Department. Nevertheless, it does not mean a reduction of its responsibilities, due to the new task of the management of the new system. Besides, it is observed the need of an extension of VDCS to a greater number of airports, in order to achieve a better evolution of the results in comparison to the existent previous situation.