The airline industry has been a first mover in collecting and leveraging data. In the 1960s, a first computer reservation system was developed to partially automate booking and solve the problem of real-time seat availability and inventory management.
Today, data is at the heart of any airline process; data is created and collected constantly. However, not all relevant data reaches the decisions makers. Or worse, wrongly interpreted data is provided as a basis for decisions making.
It is our mission to change this. We intend to provide unparalleled accuracy in competitive detail, helping aviation managers to take best-informed decisions.
We are a team of aspiring aviation entrepreneurs, thriving at the crossroads of airline market knowledge and data analytics.
Dr. Christian Soyk, Founder & CEO
Chris is a former management consultant at Bain & Co with extensive experience in consulting airlines and other clients from the aviation space across the globe. Before that, he worked in network planning at Lufthansa.
He is an aerospace engineer by training and has completed a Ph.D. in Economics, having published multiple papers on the topic of future airline business models.
Chris gets energised when deriving new insights from unstructured aviation data. He leverages his market experience and data analytics skills to develop the best solutions for our customers.
Dr. Ulrike Schmalz, Head of Product
Ulrike joined the team in 2023. Before skailark, she led the trend monitor activities at an aviation think tank. Prior, she worked in management consulting, supporting clients in market studies and change management assignments.
She is an economist by training and completed her Ph.D. in modeling future multimodal air travel. Ulrike published in highly-ranked transport journals and conducted various research projects for OEMs and the European Commission.
Ulrike is fascinated by the power of data. Enabling data-driven decisions making and creating a more sustainable transport system are close to her heart. Having lived in the USA, United Kingdom, and Switzerland, she loves the work with skailark’s international customers.