Have you ever heard of Cartesian coordinate system originated by Rene Descartes? When it first came out, it was quite unfamiliar to many people. However, thanks to Descartes, we can understand the change of figures at a glance in various areas with graph. Maybe it would be very difficult to make a statistical chart or find out the stock quote without graph.

graph image search result in google
graph image search result in google

It’s easy to understand the change of figures at once with graph. Like that, FltGraph shows flight schedules as a graph. Let me find out how other web sites displaying flight schedules, and introduce our Schedule Graph system.   Text-dependent flight schedule I mentioned not only the importance of fare and schedule in my previous post ‘THE NATURE OF AIRLINE TICKETS FOR SMART AIRLINE BOOKING’, but the enormous diversity of flight schedules in ‘EXAMINATION ON AIR BOOKING SEARCH TECHNOLOGY’.

Flight Schedule in Expedia
Flight Schedule in Expedia

Still, most existing sites just show flight schedule as a text, and display fares by schedule. They show origin, departure time, destination, arrival time, total time, and total stops as a text. We should click the detail button to check arrival and departure time of transit. Since we have to click again to see the details, it is quite hard to compare all of the factors at a glance.   Flight schedule display in mobile environment

Flight Schedule in Expedia mobile app
Flight Schedule in Expedia mobile app

Recently, many mobile services are trying to use advanced skills to display flight schedules in a small screen. The picture above shows circles which represents the city getting bigger broadwise as transit time getting longer. It’s better than the display of other web sites which display the flight schedule by text .   Time Bar The display of Expedia mobile application above is a kind of simple version of graphic display system named Time Bar.

Time Bar in Matrix
Time Bar in Matrix

Time Bar in Matrix shows the fares by flight schedule, and shows time legend of origin and destination on the top. It shows different colour bars for each airline, and gray bars for stopover time. We can notice total duration by total length of the bar graph, and compare the schedule of each airline at a glance. Time Bar has many advantages comparing with text display. Matrix from ITA software, Hipmunk, Wotif use Time Bar. However, we cannot see the arrival and departure time as the local time of transit city by Time Bar.   Schedule Graph Schedule Graph is Two-dimensional time graph. X-axis represents the passage of time based on 12:00 AM of departure city. Y-axis represents local time where the passenger or the airplane is located.   Principles of Schedule graph

Principles of Schedule Graph
Principles of Schedule Graph

Characteristics of Schedule Graph

Characteristics of Schedule Graph
Characteristics of Schedule Graph

Information from schedule graph

Information from Schedule Graph
Information from Schedule Graph

Flight schedule displayed by Schedule Graph

Schedule Graph in FltGraph
Schedule Graph in FltGraph

The picture above shows flight schedules from Seoul (SEL) to Las Vegas (LAS). Let me explain some of them . Schedule 2 has long transit time in Honolulu (HNL). It would be better to find something to do for time killing when you transit. Schedule 1~5 cross the Pacific Ocean, and schedule 6, 7 cross the Atlantic Ocean. Schedule 1, 5 have short total time, but Schedule No 6 is very long. With that schedule, the airplane arrives transit city late and leaves next morning, so you should get a place to sleep. Of course, nothing comes to your mind when you just see this. Maybe it’s because you’re not familiar with graphs. But the biggest reason is that you are not making your own reservation. When you book a flight, you should consider fare, schedule, airlines, etc. If you can see every complicated schedule at a glance, it will be much easier to book a flight.   Schedule Graph – It’s useful to display the schedule which has the time difference in it. Schedule Graph can be used not only displaying flight schedule, but also displaying any schedule in various areas which has time difference.

Schedule Graph – Package Tour
Schedule Graph – Package Tour
Schedule Graph – Air Crew
Schedule Graph – Air Crew

Schedule Graph-An innovation of displaying flight schedule Schedule Graph is an innovation we  make. If you encounter Schedule Graph first, you may think ‘What the hell is this?’ or ‘Why does FltGraph make it so complicated?’. But we’ve been exposed to graphs, and learned how to examine them since we were young. We know that we can convey the information effectively by displaying them as a graph. Schedule graph isn’t different. It will be very useful to choose reasonable flight schedule if you get used to it. If you have a specific aim for booking a flight for yourself, it will be much more useful.

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