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WSI Corporation

August 26, 2014 09:00 ET

Southwest Airlines Signs Contract Renewal With WSI Corporation

Southwest Will Continue to Rely on the WSI Fusion Platform to Improve Flight Operations

ANDOVER, MA--(Marketwired - August 26, 2014) - WSI Corporation, the global leader in disruptive weather data and flight decision support, today announces a continuing partnership and five year contract renewal with Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) for the industry-leading WSI Fusion platform and related analytic services. Since the partnership began in 2009, Southwest has come to rely on the entire WSI's product suite for critical flight decisions and operations. 

"I wish everyone was as good a partner as WSI," said Southwest Director of NOC Automation and Support, David Wotton. "When 85% of cancellations and flight disruptions are due to significant weather, we need to have one view of the truth so that everyone is operating out of the same playbook. In our business you simply have to have the most accurate weather information possible, and we have that with WSI."

By working with WSI, Southwest has consolidated management of mission critical services to the Network Operations Center (NOC), Flight Crews, and Airports with a partner who understands delivering a total solution including a deep understanding of business processes, data acquisition, technology, and reliability. Southwest has continued to partner with WSI on integration of key enterprise systems, as well as product design to ensure the evolution of the WSI platform to meet their mutual needs for years to come.

"Our partnership with WSI and the integration of their products within our daily operations enables Southwest to provide a much safer, cost effective travel experience for our customers," said Wotton. "WSI is truly a partner in our operations. We are using the full spectrum of their product offering -- providing an end-to-end solution that significantly reduces costs and improves flight safety."

Southwest team members rely on different WSI products to improve all phases of flight planning and operation. A dispatcher relies on WSI Fusion to select optimal flight plans and proactively manage and keep flights on plan. An air traffic coordinator relies on Fusion's surface movement and alerting to ensure timely departure and compliance with DOT regulations. The pilots rely on WSI Pilotbrief on iPad to get flight briefing prior to takeoff. Station personnel use WSI Hubcast to ensure the flight can be loaded and operated safely with any impending hazardous weather in the area.

"The execution of this extension is a clear indication that Southwest is deriving tremendous value from the WSI Fusion platform and speaks volumes to the confidence placed on WSI product engineering and customer service teams now and going forward," remarked Mark D. Miller, Senior Vice President, Aviation and General Manager of Decision Support at WSI. "We are honored and proud to have Southwest, an industry-leader in operational efficiency and customer service, rely on the WSI Fusion platform to safely and efficiently operate over 3600 flight per day," said Miller.

About WSI Corporation
WSI Corporation is the world's leading provider of weather-driven business solutions for professionals in the aviation, energy, insurance and media markets, as well as multiple federal and state government agencies. WSI is a member of The Weather Company and is headquartered in Andover, Massachusetts with offices in Madison, Wisconsin and Birmingham, England. The Weather Company is owned by a consortium made up of NBC Universal and the private equity firms The Blackstone Group and Bain Capital. For more information visit www.wsi.com.

About Southwest Airlines Co.
In its 44th year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) continues to differentiate itself from other carriers with exemplary Customer Service delivered by more than 45,000 Employees to more than 100 million Customers annually. Based on the most recent data available from the U.S. Department of Transportation, Southwest is the nation's largest carrier in terms of originating domestic passengers boarded. The airline also operates the largest fleet of Boeing aircraft in the world to serve 93 destinations in 40 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and five near-international countries. Some flights are operated by wholly owned subsidiary AirTran Airways. Southwest is one of the most honored airlines in the world, known for its triple bottom line approach that takes into account the carrier's performance and productivity, the importance of its People and the communities it serves, and its commitment to efficiency and the planet. The 2013 Southwest Airlines One Report™ can be found at southwest.com/citizenship.

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