Sitting at a terminal gate in the Beijing Capital airport last week was to me, like meeting a rock star: the second largest airport terminal in the world, the busiest Asian airport, and the second busiest in the world. While that is hugely impressive, Beijing still falls short of being an international hub: most of […]
There is a definite buzz around this nowadays: two large airlines this week announced the signing of a comprehensive service to analyze their flight operations efficiency and deliver savings – Qantas and Southwest. The service they signed up for is identical in that it looks at opportunities in real-time for a flight to optimize its […]
Earlier this year our team was working with a couple of large airline clients, pitching some cool analytics software that would predict traffic and weather en-route in airspace or for landing at airports: it would crunch several terabytes of historical data plus real-time feeds and allow airline staff make smarter decisions about flight routes, fuel […]
To err on the side of caution is an interesting philosophy. It gives you a snug feeling of purposeful self-righteousness, a reassurance that you are safe from peril by a good measure. While that is great, there is a problem. Which is, an error on any side is still just what it is: an […]
Last Friday I was with a mathematician-friend for dinner and as we finished scooping up the last traces of the heavenly home-baked spaghetti, we arrived at our common interest: math in airline operations; and my friend ventured to show me around the beauties of a state-of-the-art flight planning system that she had helped design. A […]
The safe and efficient management of an airline is an extremely complex task with several groups of individuals and their machines working in close coordination as one large socio-technical system. Airlines – driven by intensifying competition and the need to stay profitable – turned to operations research decades ago as a means to deal with […]
In early January 2013, perhaps the world’s first ever airport terminal created to cater exclusively to one aircraft type, was rolled into service: Dubai’s dedicated A380 facility named ‘Concourse 3′ opened to commercial operations. The new facility...