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Getting started with the new ch-aviation

Dear ch-aviation visitors and friends,

We would like to welcome you to our new site and help you making you feel at home with our new look and feel as well as a lot of new and exciting features and functions. We have completely revamped ch-aviation as an airline knowledge base and have adjusted our strategy behind each of the modules based on that.

As you start exploring the site, we have also provided some additional help by adding some assistance in the FAQ sections you will find to be helpful for each of the six modules (News, Aircraft, Airlines, Airports, Routes and Schedules). You will find the links in the upper right hand corner of your screens.

We have revised our News strategy and will now provide several weekly news updates covering global airline industry developments with a focus on strategic network and fleet developments, airline start-ups and bankruptcies as well as mergers, acquisitions and strategic partnerships. The news are now also available in a weekly ch-aviation Newsletter as well as through our new RSS feed.

There will also be a Weekly Airline Route Network Update tracking network changes of over 700 airlines worldwide and available to our ch-aviation pro users both online and in the weekly newsletter.

You can actively get involved and discuss, comment, correct or share our news and blog entries using the Disqus discussion plug-in we have added on the site.

In our Aircraft module you are now able to make use of a wide range of new search options to get access to our extensive fleet list and aircraft database with over 35.000 aircraft currently being tracked. Additional information is available in Aircraft Data profiles including operator statistics and a variety of smart drilldown options.

You still can enjoy access to the most up to date Airline database tracking the status of over 6.000 airlines. We now give you immediate access to an airline’s route network, subsidiary, parent, alliance and regional partnership information as well as direct links to background information allowing you to do further research on the site yourself.

We have also built up a database of over 5.500 of the most relevant Airports worldwide. Each of the airport profiles includes geographical information and maps, access to the timetable and airlines based there or serving the airport. Statistics are also available with drilldowns to additional details such as the aircraft currently stored at a specific location.

In cooperation with Innovata LLC we are now able to offer you complete access to Routes and Schedules of the vast majority of the scheduled airlines in our database with extensive search and filter options and drilldowns from and to all of the other modules available on the all new ch-aviation.

With the relaunch and repositioning of the site and the move of some of our team members to full time ch-aviation editors, we have also revised our approach to how we share information on the site and now offer three different access levels. We will continue to make certain limited information free of charge and offer two subscription types, ch-aviation plus and ch-aviation pro, specifically designed to meet the needs of both airline industry professionals and aviation enthusiasts. We would like to invite all of you that have been subscribing to our newsletter for years to get an exclusive view of the full functionality of the new ch-aviation and have made available a 14 day trial offer that you can find here (where you can also review the plus and pro subscription benefits in more detail).

Start exploring and let us know what you think. We would like to incorporate your feedback in our plans and also look forward to providing you with further new surprises over the next coming months.

Now let’s get started here: www.ch-aviation.ch

On behalf of all of us at ch-aviation, welcome aboard!

11 replies
  1. P Sraffa
    P Sraffa says:

    As an aircraft fan i was satisfied with the old structure of data presentation. Actually i cannot find any overviews.

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  2. Max Oldorf
    Max Oldorf says:

    Hey there, I would be very thankful if you could exemplify what exactly seems to be confusing or unclear. When we thought about the new ch-aviation, user friendliness was one of our main topics… And if there are issues, we will resolve them for sure. brgds Max

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  3. P Sraffa
    P Sraffa says:

    Gruezi Herr Oldorf, a detailled appropriation of active/inactive types of aircraft to specific airlines / out of operation is not possible for me; this was an interesting feature. Maybe it is only possible by using your your priced package for which i will not opt.
    I am not the target customer of your activities – your new presentation of info is more directed to personell of the industry itself; the features i have seen in a few minutes look interesting and i wish you manage to keep this info-machine running. But for me there are too much “P”‘s.
    Mit freundlichen Grüßen
    P Sraffa

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  4. Ronald Harris15
    Ronald Harris15 says:

    Im very disapointed on how you have gone about the change due to the fact that you carnt get
    any information on new aircraft by airline and for any information on new aircraft i have to pay for the information i can understand that you have to make money but you could have warned people about the change

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    • Thomas Jaeger
      Thomas Jaeger says:

      Dear Ronald,
      Thanks a lot for your feedback. While I feel your disappointment that we are no longer offering all information on our knowledge base free of charge, I also appreciate that you have taken the time to share your feelings and your understanding for the steps we had to take to bring ch-aviation to the level where it currently is (which I hope you will agree is quite an improvement of where we were heading or more not heading before with our old website. I believe we have been pretty upfront about the change by letting all of our newsletter subscribers and visitors know by e-mail and here on the site and by essentially giving everyone two weeks of free access to the site last month.
      Best regards and thanks again
      Thomas Jaeger

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      • Ronald Harris15
        Ronald Harris15 says:

        Thanks for your reply im greatful that you have taken time to read my e mail.Yes i think that the changes are an improvement to the site what are the charges to get information on the aircraft againe. I belive you have put the prises in euros would you be so kind and sead me the prise in pounds so i can consider what i can do thanks for the imformation and fast reply

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  5. J. Linder
    J. Linder says:

    Hi:
    I was very happy with the “old” Ch-Aviation and used it regularly. When the new “pay” site was established, I purchased a “Pro” subscription.

    But the new version does not seem to have the same information as the old one. If it is there, I have not yet figured out how to find it. The fleetlists for many airlines seem to be truncated and there are very few routes for any but the largest, most common airlines – whose routes are easy to find anyway. It even seems that some smaller airlines are gone entirely from the new site.

    While I wish you well and hope your new site will be successful, it seems as though it needs some work to be a good value for the price.

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    • Thomas Jaeger
      Thomas Jaeger says:

      Dear James,
      Thanks a lot for your feedback that I obviously take very seriously. Would you be able to share with us some examples of what fleet list information you feel is truncated and which airlines you feel are gone from the site? There should not be a single aircraft or piece of aircraft information missing that was on the old site and the same goes for airlines. There is actually more data now on both that was there before. So I would really like to get to the bottom of this as quickly as possible to understand where you think you are seeing issues and hope we can get them addressed.

      As for airline routes and schedules, this week we have data of 688 primary airlines in the database plus a wide range of wet-lease/franchise/subsidiary carriers that are in the database as a result of their partner publishing their schedules. We are continuously working on adding airlines that are missing to the database in cooperation with Innovata and have already had quite a bit of success, but unfortunately there are some carriers out there that just flat out do not want to publish or share their schedules, so we will have to live with that. This week alone we got “no” responses from Sky in Turkey as well as Neos in Italy even though they operate scheduled services and in my opinion would greatly benefit from having their schedules not just on our site but also published elsewhere. What is within our control we are constantly trying to improve with routes and schedule data, it would however be close to impossible to manually capture routes and schedules for carriers that are not willing to provide them. But I would be very happy to look into specific carriers you are missing.

      Best regards
      Thomas

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