Prepare flight data example

Published by Tobias Hofmann on

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Each SAP NetWeaver ABAP system comes with a built-in sample application that allows developers to learn how to use SAP technology. More information about flight sample can be found at SAP Help. Let see how to set up the flight sample and to test it. By default, the ABAP code is installed, but no data is provided. Therefore, the ABAP applications are of no use. First step is to set up the flight data!

Generate flight sample data

  • Transaction: SE38

Execute the program: . Next screen: select data to be generated.

Execute: . A dialog will pop up, warning that old data will be deleted. Confirm with yes.

Check status at bottom of screen:

Test if data was created

Table data

  • Transaction: SE16
  • Table name: SFLIGHT

Insert no criteria to get a list of all table entries.

Execute. The table entries are returned. If nothing is returned, something went wrong during the data generation step.

Function Module

  • Transaction: SE37
  • Function Module: BAPI_FLIGHT_GETLIST

  • Import parameter: Airline: LH

Execute. The result screen is shown.

The table FLIGHT_LIST needs to contain some values. Select the table to see the returned values.

In case the flight sample data was successfully generated and the user has the permission to execute the BAPI, both the table and the BAPI return valid data.

Trouble shooting

In case the BAPI is not returning any data, but an authorization error, check if the user has the permission to run the BAPI.


Table FLIGHT_LIST is empty and RETURN table contains two entries.

Value of table RETURN:

  • No authorization

Root cause

Check missing authorization with transaction SU53.

  • Missing authorization S_FLBOOK


Assign authorization S_FLBOOK to user.

  1. Create a role with the authorization

  2. Click on Single Role
  3. Create role GUI is shown

  4. Click on tab Authorizations

  5. Click on Change Authorization Data

  6. Add the missing role manually

  7. Insert S_FLBOOK

  8. The role is added, but marked yellow.

  9. Click on the yellow icon. A dialog opens

  10. Confirm.
  11. Now everything is green

  12. Generate the role:
  13. A new dialog opens.

  14. Nothing needs to be done here, just confirm the information.
  15. Status in SAPGui:
  16. Exit the transaction.

  17. Generate

Back in PFCG, select tab user

Assign user to the newly created profile.

Click on User Comparison. A popup is shown, confirm by saving role.

Select complete comparison

Close dialog.

Done. The user has now access to call the BAPI.

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Tobias Hofmann

Doing stuff with SAP since 1998. Open, web, UX, cloud. I am not a Basis guy, but very knowledgeable about Basis stuff, as it's the foundation of everything I do (DevOps). Performance is king, and unit tests is something I actually do. Developing HTML5 apps when HTML5 wasn't around. HCP/SCP user since 2012, NetWeaver since 2002, ABAP since 1998.


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