A route-optimization platform powered by artificial intelligence that Alaska Airlines began deploying this year has reduced transcontinental flight times by as much as 30 minutes.

In addition, the Flyways AI platform is regularly reducing Alaska’s short-haul flights by several minutes, according to Pasha Saleh, the airline’s director of flight operations, strategy and innovation.

“Four minutes on a flight might not sound like much, but over 1,000 flights a day, you’re talking about hours and hours of savings,” Saleh said.

Even better, Saleh envisions broader applications for Flyways, including using it to help Alaska deal with in-air delays and to better manage gate restraints.