Lockheed Martin’s route analysis tool is to be deployed at Orlando International Airport (MCO), as part of an agreement between the company and the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA).
The B-route development tool will enable GOAA to calculate and analyse route scenarios in less than two hours and present them to airlines to study and amend routes-on demand through an iPad app. Under the current scenario, this task takes nearly two days.
GOAA is the first US-based client for the new technology and follows Lockheed Martin’s acquisition of BEONTRA earlier this year. It is a part of Lockheed’s range of aviation technology solutions, which include air traffic management and airport operations management tools.
B-route development develops and builds individual trade routes using data from commercial aviation and specific airport statistics and survey information, which can be used for improving overall services.
MCO director of marketing and international development Victoria Jaramillo said: "As central Florida is one of the top visitor regions in the US and the world, expanding Orlando International Airport’s route network is one of our main goals for the near future."
Handling more than 35.2 million passengers in 2013, Orlando International Airport is considered a hub for Southwest Airlines and JetBlue Airways.
Headquartered in Maryland, US, Lockheed is a global security and aerospace company that employs 113,000 people worldwide and recorded net sales of $45.4bn in 2013.
Image: Orlando International Airport will use Lockheed Martin’s route analysis tool. Photo: courtesy of Lockheed Martin Corporation.