Airline planning and scheduling groups frequently have decisions to make that can be difficult to predict, and become quite complex when the implications for an entire schedule are considered.
- Where to fly our new aircraft when they are delivered?
- What are the best opportunities to change frequencies?
- Which new markets will add the most value?
- What is the optimal schedule for the holiday weeks?
- What should our summer season look like?
- What changes in fleeting create the most revenue and profit?
- How would a change in work rules be optimally accommodated?
- What can be done to improve operational reliability in congested markets?
Currently available tools have questionable value when there are gaps in the historic data, uncertainties about future demand, new carriers entering markets, competitive fluidity on fares, ballpark estimates for local stimulation or nonstandard operational constraints. Next generation AI tools learn from available data to suggest solutions for experienced schedulers to consider.
Zulu works with each airline customer on their most pressing planning questions, setting up the scenarios, constraints and evaluation inputs and then using the software tools to yield insights for the decisions to be made. We tailor our solution so that by the end of the engagement the customer will have confidence in using the process and tools in a software-as-a-service arrangement for their ongoing work. The Zulu consultant will be a “success agent” for coaching, fielding support questions and as a conduit for suggestions back to Zulu’s development team for new capabilities the customer would like to have included in our software upgrades that are scheduled every two months.