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FlightStats Forms Strategic Alliance with Black Swan to Explore Aviation Data Opportunities

Portland, OR. – June 21, 2016 – FlightStats, Inc., a leader in global flight data and information services, announces an agreement to work collaboratively with one of the UK’s top data science firms, Black Swan Data Ltd. Using its intelligent prediction and analytics platform, ‘The Nest’, Black Swan will evaluate data provided by FlightStats to improve airline data analytics.

As part of the agreement, Black Swan will be evaluating FlightStats’ APIs for real-time flight data, trip monitoring, delay prediction, and reference data. By exchanging data and technical knowledge, the partnership will enable FlightStats to develop services that help address problems faced by airline operations, revenue management, passenger service sectors and airline supply chain partners.

“We see a great deal of alignment in our skills, data sets and market focus. They’re one of those companies that leave me energized every time I meet with them,” said David White, Chief Customer Officer at FlightStats. “It’s exciting to work with people who share our passion for using data and technology to help customers solve problems. They’re a remarkable group of people and we’re eager to explore the possibilities of our alliance.”

Black Swan’s robust and intelligent prediction and analytics platform ‘The Nest’ has been used globally by a number of high-profile customers including Panasonic, Disney and Vodafone. The platform monitors international trends across the internet to create predictions to power product innovation solutions. The company was also recently named as having the fastest-growing international sales of any small and medium sized enterprise in the UK over the last two years, according to The Sunday Times SME Export Track 100.

“We’re excited to be working with FlightStats. There is a huge amount of data within the aviation industry that’s ripe for analysis and, understood correctly, will offer useful, actionable insight for various organizations within the sector,” said Steve King, CEO, Black Swan. “The combination of our respective data sets has the potential to open up new market opportunities for both of us and we’re looking forward to seeing where this agreement takes us.”

About Black Swan Data Ltd:

Black Swan is the UK’s top data science start-up and has been in business since 2011. The company was ranked as the UK’s fastest growing private business in 2015 and in 2016 was named to have the fastest-growing international sales of any UK SME, both by The Sunday Times.

The business proposition is a smart predictive data analytics and activation company providing an array of data driven solutions for prestige brand clients operating in the marketing space, creating insight, activation and efficiencies. Today Black Swan employs 210 people worldwide across offices in the UK, Hungary, USA, Canada, Singapore and South Africa. They work with some of the world’s leading consumer-focused brands including Vodafone, Pepsico, Disney, Panasonic, Tesco, and GSK.

About FlightStats:

FlightStats is a cutting-edge data services company focused on commercial aviation.  We are the leading provider of real-time global flight data to companies and individuals across the travel ecosystem.  The company manages multiple data sets that relate directly to flights, and multiple data sets that intersect with flights – trips, weather, and much more. FlightStats has invested heavily in a data management platform that enables us to ingest, process, store and deliver data efficiently and at scale.

The company delivers real-time global flight and airport data that powers aviation operations and many of the world’s most popular consumer-facing travel applications. The company also provides web and mobile applications helping travelers to better manage their travel day. FlightStats’ data is viewed by millions of people each month, and with our capabilities, we are well positioned to be a critical hub in the travel ecosystem for years to come.

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