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Delays A Thing of The Past For Air Travel With AI And Big Data Analytics
August 1, 2016

Boeing and Microsoft have partnered in the hope of eradicating delays currently plaguing the aviation industry. The transition will ensure adaptive, innovative and intelligent driven steps that would get all the parts to work together seamlessly and remove the unnecessary.

Nathaniel Crook, Microsoft’s director of enterprise sales in the Pacific Northwest says this news should be very interesting to anyone who has sat on a runway during a maintenance delay for longer than five minutes.

The airline’s large portfolio of digital solutions will be moved into Microsoft Azure utilising Cortana Intelligence and Azure IoT Suite to further enhance their data mining. This centralised scheduler that has information on the planes maintenance, staff availability, flight schedules, fuel optimization and cargo payloads will have the ability to be much more proactive and predictive in reacting to and solving situational problems to improve the overall passenger experience.

“Boeing brings in their deep subject matter expertise, complimented by Microsoft’s deep technical expertise, and together we’ll be bringing new, innovative customer solutions to market.” Director of advanced information solutions in Boeing’s Digital Aviation division, Andrew Gendreau says.

Greg Jones, Microsoft’s global industry director for travel adds that the advanced analytics will assist the new generation pilots, mechanics, dispatchers and flight attendants too.

“There is great potential between the connected traveller, the connected airplane and the connected operation, and their interplay. Globally, airlines spend about $700 billion on operating costs, and there’s about $700 billion in revenue. So airlines are a very competitive business with profitable but narrow margins; leveraging data and analytics not only improves performance and experience, but will give airlines a chance to sustain profitable growth”, says Gendreau.

The explosion of data in the aviation sector has caused the advancement of analytics, creating a demand for better access to information that will facilitate eliminating operational efficiencies.

“This news of Boeing and Microsoft working together to drive that digital transformation in the airline sector, enables us to deliver all these Boeing services on the Microsoft Cloud to our mutual airline customer”, Greg Jones adds.

From the cockpits sensors and telemetry information, to increasing productivity for the cabin crew and even assisting in better ground-to-air communications, the aircraft potential will truly come to life.

Digital airline solutions impact more than 300 global airlines daily with everything that they require of them. Having Microsoft share the same philosophies with the airlines helps to solve business problems and achieve optimal outcomes through its offerings in analytics, mobility and cloud.

Unfortunately connected big operating systems such as in the aviation business will attract hackers that would potentially jeopardise the whole system. However, both companies have made it clear that security is key in their designs for the systems.

Though it hasn’t been made concrete, the final AI assisted product would be able to have your luggage ready to be picked up on arrival, but that will have to wait for results from the partnership and hopefully they will be able to share more of their joint works by end calendar year.