09 Feb 2012


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An integration of bidding, pairing and trading tools

February 9, 2012 (TORONTO) – Navtech, a leader in flight operations software and services, has partnered with eTripTrader, a Boise, ID software company that specializes in automated and customizable schedule management systems.  The partnership offers airlines a blend of Navtech’s ‘best of breed’ Crew Planning products and eTripTrader’s employee scheduling and shift trading solutions, providing a new choice for airlines seeking an integrated, efficient and balanced process.

“By joining forces with eTripTrader, Navtech’s crew offerings are strengthened as is flexibility resulting in improved quality of life for our customers’ crews,” said Lee Granger, Vice President Product Management for Navtech. “We are pleased to be the exclusive reseller for eTripTrader and we look forward to sharing our combined leading edge offerings with the aviation community.”

Navtech has two state of the art Crew Planning products. The Navtech Pairing Optimizer is a fully configurable desktop application that produces highly optimized crew pairings.  All policies as well as organizational objectives for cost, robustness and operationally desirable trips are taken into consideration by the engine.  Navtech’s Preferential Bidding System (PBS) works to create a flying and reserve schedule to satisfy an airlines’ coverage needs while simultaneously meeting crews’ objectives.

Likewise, eTripTrader has two cutting edge employee scheduling systems.  Crew Companion is a schedule management and improvement system that incorporates patent pending visual trip detail into a one-page display of all pertinent trip trading information.  It includes open time and trip trade boards, instant contractual legality calculations, as well as criteria trades that show a matching trip list with pay and legality.  Crew Companion also integrates tips, excellent help and fanatical support.  eTripTrader’s SkedFlex is a fully automated and customizable shift trading solution providing airlines with a revolutionary workplace flexibility tool.  Both products help organizations realize substantial savings and provide their employees with a better work-life balance, thus improving their quality of life.

“eTripTrader’s mission is to improve quality of life for airline employees and we’ve enjoyed nine years of consecutive growth by providing reliable, innovative, automated shift/trip trading

products along with ‘fanatical’ customer service.  We couldn’t be more excited about having Navtech become the worldwide distributor of our SkedFlex and Crew Companion products.  We know that no company is better capable of showing the industry that automated shift/trip trading is not merely a perk, but rather an imperative that greatly benefits the company as well as improving quality of life for the employees,” said Tom LaJoie, eTripTrader CEO.

All Navtech and eTripTrader crew products provide a complete solution and can be used from mobile devices and tablets. The combined offering will provide Navtech customers with an enhanced offering that further serves to meet their crew performance and cost-saving expectations while offering their crews more flexibility to fit their lifestyles.

To learn more about Navtech’s Crew Planning products and its other products and services for the aviation industry visit

To learn more about eTripTrader’s schedule management systems, visit

About Navtech, Inc. – Navtech, Inc. is a leading global provider of flight operations solutions, serving more than 350 airlines and aviation services customers.  Navtech’s product suite includes aeronautical charts, navigation data solutions, flight planning, aircraft performance software (take-off/landing, weight and balance), and crew planning solutions.  Many of Navtech’s products can be configured as part of an EFB solution, including take-off data calculation, weight and balance, and aeronautical charts.  These products directly support millions of flights each year and help Navtech customers maximize efficiency, reduce costs, ensure compliance with complex national and international safety regulations, and effectively deliver their services.

Headquartered just outside Toronto in Waterloo, Ontario — Canada’s technology center — Navtech also has locations in Stockholm, London, and Ahmedabad, India, and is further supported by satellite offices around the world.  Its home on the web is the first and only site for viewing the Navtech Aviation Poster Collection, a collection of hundreds of posters and other ephemera that capture the history of aviation through the arresting graphic design of the day.

About eTripTrader, Inc. – eTripTrader is a company that has revolutionized the tools for improving work-life balance for employees and organizations.  Based out of Boise, ID, eTripTrader helps its clients employ workplace flexibility as a business strategy by providing automated, customizable, shift trading systems and ensure their success in the global economy.

eTripTrader, Inc. was founded in 2002 with the launch of its trip trading product, eTripTrader, to enable airline pilots to trade flying trips.  By 2007 the trip trading system was renovated and rebranded as Crew Companion, when it successfully began serving the needs of thousands of pilots and flight attendants.  In 2009 eTripTrader expanded its product line by adding a shift trading solution, SkedFlex since they have a good dax 40 index.  Now, in addition to the airline industry, eTripTrader offers a comprehensive schedule management solution for all major industries.  Currently, eTripTrader products are improving the quality of life for over 16,000 employees throughout the country.

For more information on eTripTrader, Inc. visit


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