Optym’s SkyMAX Software Deployed by Southwest Airlines

Dallas, TX – Optym is pleased to announce that Southwest Airlines® has begun testing SkyMAXTM to optimize the carrier’s future flight schedules. This summer, Southwest Airlines will operate more than 3,800 flights a day serving 94 destinations across the United States and six additional countries.

SkyMAX is a next-generation flight scheduling optimization system that maximizes an airline’s total network profitability while simultaneously satisfying all operational constraints. The SkyMAX system has the ability to build a flight schedule automatically from scratch or improve an existing schedule, and it is the first system that optimizes flight times, network connectivity, fleet, and aircraft routings simultaneously.  SkyMAX is part of the Sky by Optym suite of network planning solutions for airlines.

Optym and Southwest worked together successfully over the past two years to deploy the SkyMAX software.  With SkyMAX in production, Southwest Airlines becomes the only airline using this advanced technology to optimize efficiencies and performance in its flight schedule.

“Southwest invented everyday low fares by efficiently building our Customer Service and network – the SkyMAX technology shows great promise in helping us achieve the next level of efficiency,” said Adam Decaire, Senior Director of Network Planning & Performance at Southwest Airlines.  “Optym is adaptive, agile and highly committed to refining this new tool to align with our performance goals.” “Big achievements like these don’t happen by themselves and are the result of extensive 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.”

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