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December 8, 2016

CommutAir Leverages The Weather Company, an IBM Business, to Harness the Power of Big Data from the Tarmac

The Weather Company combines data science, analytics, and weather to help deliver improved safety and operational efficiency

December 8, 2016, ANDOVER, Mass - The Weather Company, an IBM Business, announced today it will be expanding its relationship with CommutAir, one of the fastest growing regional airlines in the United States. Following a significant increase in the size of its fleet, CommutAir will leverage enhanced flight planning and Predictive Airport Analytics solutions. The company will also further its use of The Weather Company’s Fusion global tracking and dispatch services. This modern flight system will provide the airline with the critical information it needs to make the best decisions for its crew, passengers, and business.

Processing over 100 terabytes of data a day, The Weather Company helps airlines face the challenge of integrating big data into daily operations for real-time decision making.

“By pairing historical operational airport data with superior weather forecasts, CommutAir will be able to intelligently predict arrival and departure capacities and procedures, allowing for improved operational efficiency – ultimately helping to save time, improve passenger safety, and reduce fuel consumption,” said Mark D. Miller, vice president and global sales leader, The Weather Company. “Flight planning and predictive analytics solutions help airlines like CommutAir understand disruptive situations and their impacts ahead of time. This allows them to make more informed decisions, helping minimize or even eliminate those impacts.”

As one of the main regional airlines operating on behalf of United Airlines as United Express, CommutAir recently upgraded its fleet by adding Embraer E145 jet operations to the company’s existing fleet of Bombardier turbo-prop aircraft. CommutAir will be adding 40 new jets in the next two years.

“As our airline executes its business plan to triple in size over the next couple of years we are deploying key technology solutions to ensure our team has the right tools to make efficient operational decisions as the complexity of our network expands.” said Radha Iyer, Chief Technology Officer at CommutAir.  “The Weather Company will be an essential partner in improving our visualization of airport congestion, taxi delays, and runway configurations, which is essential in our mission to deliver a world class travel experience for our customers, through optimized operational efficiencies.”

For more information on The Weather Company’s aviation solutions, visit: https://business.weather.com/industry-solutions/aviation