Meteorological Information Exchange service for Airlines Flight Operation Centre at Lufthansa & Air France


Feb. '19OngoingDec. '23

Implementing Partners

Leader: Lufthansa
Contributor: Air France


The main objective of the implementing project is to upgrade the FOC System of the airlines from the Lufthansa Group and Air France to support the exchange of meteorological information as service consumer in WXXM, iWXXM (ICAO Meteorological Information Exchange Model) format. The service upgrade will comply with the Yellow SWIM TI Profile, either using the Public Internet or PENS1/NewPENS.

The implementing project focusses on the implementation upgrade of the FOC from LH & AF with meteorological information exchange systems and services in accordance with SWIM principles.

In particular the main activities performed are the service implementations to be compliant with the applicable version of the Information Service Reference Model (ISRM).

Specific objectives:
The implementing project specifically aims to

  • deploy a systems upgrade to support the exchange of Meteorological Information as service consumer using the IWXXM format;

  • an AIXM 5.1 datastore that is able to store the digital meteorological data;

  • identify and deploy the SWIM infrastructure components for the retrieval of the digital data by use of the SWIM Yellow Profile;

  • ensure implementation of software components that support the users in the quality assurance of the IWXXM data;

  • update all software components in the FOC using the IWXXM data for flight planning or flight Monitoring purposes;

  • achieve an implementation of SWIM services that allow other consumers to access all MET Information.

Expected Results:
The following results are expected:

  • IWXXM METAR (Meteorological Terminal Aviation Routine Weather Report) are in the FOC;

  • IWXXM TAF's (Terminal Aerodrome Forecast) are deployed in FOC;

  • IWXXM met Information for natural hazard are deployed in FOC;

  • FOC flight planning and Monitoring engine and EFB (Electronic Flight Bag) are upgraded to use all necessary MET Information based on IWXXM Format.

Performance Benefits:
In particular the main benefit of this project is the increase of flight safety through processing digital data instead of classical MET data.

The migration to the SWIM Yellow Profile for the retrieval and provision of the concerned data will lead to increase the level of automation during data processing and reduction of personal costs. Furthermore the migration to an IWXXM database will lead to compliance with Aeronautical Data Quality (ADQ) regulations.

Countries involved

Additional Information

  • Project Type: Airline
  • CEF Call Year: 2017
  • Civil/Military: Civil
  • Multistakeholder: Yes
  • Main AF: AF5 - Initial System Wide Information Management
  • Sub AF: S-AF 5.4 - Meteorological information exchange
  • Progress Percentage: 12%