Almira is not tied to financial years but to scheduling periods. Through the system, the airline may define one or more scheduling periods covering a financial year. A typical scenario would be splitting up a financial year into two scheduling periods: summer and winter.
For each scheduling period, the airline will define one or more flight schedules. The schedules may either be entered manually through one of the maintenance forms provided by the system, or imported through a transfer file formatted according to Schedules Information Standards Committee (SISC) EDIFACT Message Standards – the Standard Schedules Information Manual (SSIM) format.
The system supports multiple flight schedules for the same scheduling period. The airline may import various scenarios, run the budget process for each, and analyse which of the scenarios is most advantageous.