The latest in our series of “𝘔𝘦𝘦𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘗𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘯𝘦𝘳𝘴”, here is Anders Hellsten …
𝗛𝗲𝘆 𝗔𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘀, 𝘄𝗲𝗹𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝗮𝗿𝗱. 𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗯𝗮𝗰𝗸𝗴𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗼 𝗩𝗲𝗲𝗢𝗻𝗲?
I spent 24 years at SAS working in many roles, from Crew planner to Optimisation specialist, to Head of IT and finally Director Operations Control. Outside of aviation, I worked for 7 years at SJ – a Swedish Railroad company – as Business developer in Network & Production planning.
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗯𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘁𝗼 𝗩𝗲𝗲𝗢𝗻𝗲?
Back in the 90s when I was training my colleagues in working with the Jeppesen system, I realised that crew planning had always been an “artisan craft”, with experts delicately perfecting their output by hand. Suddenly this changed overnight into a different game. Instead of “Visual Flying” (i.e., manually creating and checking the planning solution) we were “flying by instruments” – using data, graphs, and code to create and finalise our plans. This required a totally new skill set, one that knows Crew Planning but is also able to analyse problems and adjust rules and processes, to achieve the outcome. Now the opportunity has come to offer this to a much wider audience.
𝗬𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵𝘁𝘀 𝗼𝗻 𝗩𝗲𝗲𝗢𝗻𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗺𝗮𝗿𝗸𝗲𝘁𝗽𝗹𝗮𝗰𝗲?
VeeOne is entering a marketplace that didn’t really exist pre-pandemic. This has shown us all that a lot of services can be handled remotely and at the same time it has given VeeOne the opportunity to attract some of the best crew planners around the globe, offering a product to small and mid-sized airlines, that was not previously accessible to them. It’s a game-changer.
𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝗱𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗳𝗲𝗲𝗹 𝗮𝘀 𝗮 𝗺𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗩𝗲𝗲𝗢𝗻𝗲 𝗰𝗿𝗲𝘄?
Having been a globetrotter all my life I have always enjoyed working in international environments where everybody brings their unique experiences to the table. Because we are so geographically diverse, from this approach, the best new ideas are born. Being a part of VeeOne’s global team makes me feel right at home.
𝗬𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗯𝗶𝗴𝗴𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗼 𝗱𝗮𝘁𝗲?
After a lifetime in the transportation industry, moving between IT and the business, I have learned to analyse planning problems and design processes and IT solutions that work and properly support the organisation. Taking the time to 𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙮 define the right solution is tough but essential in order to succeed when implementing change.
𝗬𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵𝘁𝘀 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗳𝘂𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲?
All sectors within transport are under increased pressure to be efficient and make the most of their investments, like advanced optimisation systems. That creates a new challenge: to be both lean and at the same time have the correct skills to support your business needs. Therefore I believe there is a growing need for companies to bridge resource or skill gaps quickly and sustainably. VeeOne is perfectly placed to fill this niche.