Virgin Atlantic Chooses Weather Services International for Aviation Decision Support

Largest International Weather Company and Leading Global Airline Team for Advanced Flight Operations Management

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Andover , MA (Vocus/PRWEB) February 15, 2011

\Weather Services International (WSI) announced today that Virgin Atlantic has chosen WSI Fusion as the cornerstone of a comprehensive suite of operations management tools and data services. The solution will provide aviation decision support for Virgin Atlantic’s Integrated Operations Control Centre.

WSI Fusion enables proactive operations management by providing early insight into changing flight, airfield and airspace conditions while streamlining the decision making workflow. WSI Fusion combines global, public and proprietary weather information, airspace constraints, flight track information, and navigation data including NOTAM into a unified, clear operational picture, taking the guesswork out of situational decisions. Airlines benefit through improved operational efficiencies and safety especially during potentially disruptive weather events.

“By combining superior global weather information and WSI’s proprietary en route flight planning guidance, WSI will provide Virgin Atlantic with a cohesive global view of operations and significant weather events,” said Mark D. Miller, Vice President and General Manager of Decision Support. “This will be a total solution for multiple groups within the Virgin Atlantic organization, enabling worldwide flight tracking and decision support. WSI is actively engaged in EUROCONTROL SESAR and FAA NextGen initiatives to ensure that WSI Fusion meets current and future operational requirements.”

Together WSI and Virgin Atlantic plan to expand their relationship in proactive operations management with an augmented flight planning process. WSI Fusion will enable Virgin Atlantic to proactively monitor and manage by exception airport status and Extended Twin Engine Operations (ETOPS) requirements using the WSI Fusion Alert Center.

“After an extensive search of available options to enhance our flight planning and flight watch processes for ETOPS, we decided that WSI offered the best combination of functionality, performance and customer support,” said Keith Braid, Integrated Operations Centre Manager, Virgin Atlantic. “Coupling our world-class aviation organisation with the global authority that WSI delivers in its forecasting skill and meteorological information gathering is an ideal pairing that will produce superior results and keep Virgin Atlantic at the cutting-edge of situational awareness and operational flight planning.”

About WSI Aviation
WSI, the most trusted weather decision support provider in the aviation industry, provides a proactive, aviation, operation management suite ensuring common situational awareness and continuity in decisions through every phase of flight. WSI FusionTM is an integral component of this flight support solution, which includes WSI Pilotbrief® preflight planning and InFlightTM datalink for pilots, as well as WSI HubcastTM terminal forecasts and alerting for airport stakeholders. WSI also operates a Global Forecast Center staffed by experienced aviation meteorologists who produce operational terminal and en route forecasts globally.

Collectively, the WSI solution streamlines workflow and enables common weather situational awareness through all phases of flight, improving operational confidence, communications, flexibility and decisions among key flight stakeholders. The result is improved safety and efficiency.

About WSI
WSI (Weather Services International) is the world's leading provider of weather-driven business solutions for professionals in the aviation, energy and media markets, as well as multiple federal and state government agencies. WSI is a member of The Weather Channel Companies and is headquartered in Andover, Massachusetts with offices in Birmingham, England. The Weather Channel Companies are owned by a consortium made up of NBC Universal and the private equity firms The Blackstone Group and Bain Capital. More information about WSI can be found at http://www.wsi.com.

About Virgin Atlantic
Virgin Atlantic: Virgin Atlantic, one of the world’s leading long-haul airlines, was founded in 1984, and currently has 38 aircraft in its fleet. Virgin Atlantic offers service from 10 U.S. cities to London and onto a range of long-haul destinations worldwide. From its main base in London Heathrow and Gatwick, Virgin Atlantic services destinations as far apart as Las Vegas, Tokyo, Delhi, Boston and Shanghai. Sir Richard Branson is the President of Virgin Atlantic and Steve Ridgway is the Chief Executive. Even with Virgin Atlantic’s continued growth, the service still remains customer driven with an emphasis on value for money, quality, fun and innovation; ensuring flying Virgin Atlantic is always an event.

Contact:                    
Linda Maynard            
Weather Services International         
978-983-6715                 
lmaynard(at)wsi(dot)com

Editorial Contact:
Barbara Rudolph
Rudolph Communications, LLC
781-229-1811
bjr(at)rudolphcommunications(dot)com

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