Southwest Airlines Deploys Optym’s SkyMAX Software

DALLAS, May 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Optym is pleased to announce that Southwest Airlines has started testing SkyMAX to optimize its flight schedules. The nation’s fourth-largest airline, Southwest Airlines operates more than 3,400 flights a day serving 93 destinations across the United States and five additional countries.

Part of the Sky by Optym suite of network planning solutions for airlines, SkyMAX is a new-generation flight scheduling optimization system that maximizes an airline’s total network profitability while also satisfying all operational rules. It can build a flight schedule automatically from scratch or improve an existing schedule, and it’s the first system that optimizes flight times, fleet types, thru-flights and aircraft routings all at the same time instead of separately.

With SkyMAX in production, Southwest Airlines is now the only airline that has this advanced technology for flight schedule optimization.

A key factor in the success of the SkyMAX deployment was the partnership between the Southwest Airlines and Optym teams.

“From the very beginning, our relationship with Optym has been a partnership where we are working together to develop a new tool to enhance our unique and complex network optimization capabilities,” said Adam Decaire, Senior Director, Southwest Airlines.  “They are adaptive and agile and highly committed to our projects.”

“Big achievements like these don’t happen by themselves, and are the result of lots of planning, smart ideas and focused execution,” said Renzo Vaccari, Vice President of Airline Solutions for Optym. “Working together over the last three months, we were able to test, calibrate and implement SkyMAX successfully. I want to thank everyone on the Southwest and Optym teams for making this happen. Everything is impossible until somebody does it.”

About Optym

As communities grow, so does demand. People consume more goods, use more resources and travel to more destinations. Such growth, however, creates congestion and inefficiency in transportation networks. At Optym, we have made it our mission to bring efficiency to the movement of goods, passengers and services.

Optym was founded by an established academician and researcher in 2000 with the goal of bringing the latest techniques from academics to the practice of transportation. Backed by decades of research and development, our software solutions use the latest optimization techniques to empower our clients in the railroad, airline, trucking and mining industries to make better decisions. Our solutions increase asset utilization, reduce transportation costs and improve service quality.

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