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Alaska Airlines and Airspace Intelligence have signed a contract for the use of Flyways AI software, which uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to assist dispatchers in making flight operations more efficient and sustainable. This optimises routes and improves the predictability and flow of airline traffic. For this purpose, the software tracks all flights in US airspace in 4D. The traffic situation can then be predicted up to eight hours in advance. As part of a six-month trial, Alaska Airlines was able to save 1.8 million litres of kerosene. The use of an AI-powered flight monitoring and routing platform that aids in critical decisions is a first in the U.S. air transportation industry. It allows the airline and its employees to plan the most efficient routes by giving dispatchers new tools to make informed decisions quickly. Using machine-learning models of the National Airspace System, Flyways predicts future scenarios and manages exceptions network-wide by processing millions of data inputs quickly and with even greater precision. "Flyways AI has transformed how Alaska Airlines approaches route planning and optimization, enabling our highly skilled dispatchers to work even smarter to deliver the safest and most efficient routes to our pilots, saving time and carbon emissions, mitigating congestion and creating a better experience for our guests," said Diana Birkett Rakow, vice president of public affairs and sustainability for Alaska Airlines. "Airspace Intelligence is a true partner in implementing Flyways to deliver results in Alaska’s operating environment for innovation, safety and sustainability." "We are so grateful that Alaska is the first airline customer to deploy the Flyways AI platform," said Phillip Buckendorf, CEO of Airspace Intelligence. "Alaska’s commitment to innovation and partnership these past two years made the organization a perfect fit as a foundational airline and launch partner." The commitment to a continued partnership comes after an initial six-month trial program, during which Alaska’s dispatchers used the new AI-powered flight prediction information to help them plan, monitor, and make recommendations for rerouting flights to avoid issues like congested airspace and bad weather. Flyways found an opportunity to reduce miles and fuel use for 64% of mainline flights, of which dispatchers evaluated and accepted 32% of the Flyways recommendations. "Artificial intelligence and machine learning are among the top drivers of technology today and, for the first time, have been applied to the airline flight planning environment," said Pasha Saleh, flight operations strategy and innovation director for Alaska Airlines. "Alaska’s use of Flyways in just six months, even with significantly depressed flying due to COVID-19, enabled us to save 480,000 gallons of fuel and avoid 4,600 tons of carbon emissions."

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