Southwest Airlines raises the bar in flight scheduling, signs long-term agreement with Amadeus and Optym

Southwest will deliver optimal flight choices and will achieve even greater efficiency by implementing the best-in-class Amadeus Sky Suite by Optym for network planning

At the core of every airline is its flight schedule – how it manages thousands of flights carrying millions of passengers to cities around the world. Travel technology leader Amadeus and network optimization leader Optym together have a suite of tools that provide the most effective solution to harness the complexity of flight scheduling.

Today, the companies are announcing that Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV), the largest domestic air carrier in the U.S., has selected the full Amadeus Sky Suite by Optym with a 10-year agreement. The suite of five industry-first solutions gives Southwest the most comprehensive and advanced technology for all its network planning, simulation, forecasting and optimization needs. These tools will enable the carrier to increase the efficiency and network optimization of its more than 4,000 flights a day to 99 destinations in the U.S. and 10 additional countries.

The Amadeus Sky Suite by Optym includes SkyMAX for network optimization, SkySYM for network simulation, SkyPLAN for frequency and capacity optimization, SkyCAST for network planning and SkyWORKS for intelligent schedule development. The Sky Suite will be deployed using Microsoft Azure Cloud Hosting. This announcement deepens Southwest’s agreement with Optym when it became the first airline to implement SkyMAX and SkySYM in 2015. It also marks another step forward for Southwest and Amadeus, as Southwest is an Altéa Passenger Service System (PSS) customer.

“These new tools will enable us to offer more to our customers through better route planning techniques and uncovering new ways to continue growing our network in a meaningful way. We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Amadeus and Optym and look forward to building an even stronger network planning team,”

said Adam Decaire, Vice President Network Planning, Southwest Airlines.

“At Amadeus, we value the opportunity to support Southwest in its strategic investments to deliver continued growth. Deepening our partnership with this long-term commitment for flight scheduling is a testament to how well our companies work and innovate together. We believe airlines of all sizes, across the globe, will benefit from these innovative new technologies. Southwest is an ideal inaugural customer to demonstrate the breadth of those benefits,”

said Elena Avila, Executive Vice President, Airlines, Americas.

Renzo Vaccari, Senior Vice President, Airline Solutions at Optym, confirms,

“Together with Southwest and Amadeus, we continue to reinvent the future of network planning through our new-generation solutions. The value this technology provides to airlines in terms of optimization, automation and forecasting accuracy to maximize both profit and reliability is unmatched in the industry. With our unique algorithms and expertise in network planning and scheduling, we’re making what was once thought impossible, possible.”