Horiguchi, Yuji (Kyoto University) | Baba, Yukino (Kyoto University) | Kashima, Hisashi (Kyoto University) | Suzuki, Masahito ( Peach Aviation Limited ) | Kayahara, Hiroki (Peach Aviation Limited) | Maeno, Jun (Peach Aviation Limited)
Low-cost airlines (LCAs) represent a new category of airlines that provides low-fare flights. The rise and growth of LCAs has intensified the price competition among airlines, and LCAs require continuous efforts to reduce their operating costs to lower flight prices; however, LCA passengers still demand high-quality services. A common measure of airline service quality is on-time departure performance. Be- cause LCAs apply efficient aircraft utilization and the time between flights is likely to be small, additional effort is required to avoid flight delays and improve their service quality. In this paper, we apply state-of-the-art predictive modeling approaches to real airline datasets and investigate the feasibility of machine learning methods for cost reduction and service quality improvement in LCAs. We address two prediction problems: fuel consumption prediction and flight delay prediction. We train predictive models using flight and passenger information, and our experiment results show that our regression model predicts the amount of fuel consumption more accurately than flight dispatchers, and our binary classifier achieves an area under the ROC curve (AUC) of 0.75 for predicting a delay of a specific flight route.
Finnair is retiring Flight 666, which made its final flight on Friday the 13th. On Friday the 13th, a flight bearing the number of the beast landed safely in HEL for the last time. No, that sentence is not the plot of a Stephen King novel. Finavia, which operates Finland's 21 airports, says Friday's flight landed eight minutes ahead of schedule at 3:47 p.m. local. The flight started in 2006 and has fallen on Friday the 13th 21 times.
A Delta Air Lines flight was forced to make an emergency landing this week after one of its engines caught on fire. The incident occurred early Wednesday morning on a flight from Las Vegas to New York. Passengers were delayed several hours after landing at the airport from which they departed less than 30 minutes prior.
An Air Canada flight was forced to make an emergency landing Monday night after an aggressive passenger allegedly began harassing flight crew and passengers and attempted to open the plane's cabin door mid-flight. The Toronto-bound flight from Jamaica was diverted to Orlando International Airport and the Canadian man, later identified as Brandon Courneyea, arrested following a nearly 45-minute ordeal aboard the flight, according to a federal criminal complaint. ABC affiliate WFTV reported Thursday that Air Canada crew contacted the FBI at around 7:30 p.m. shortly after the man began yelling at other passengers for looking at him. The incident escalated after he moved to the back of the plan, grabbed a pot of coffee and began swinging it around while threatening crewmembers. "Courneyea then stated that it would only take one guy to take the plane down and that he wanted to take everyone with him," the criminal complaint said, according to WFTV.