Boeing and Microsoft have come together to boost up commercial aviation industry through big data and analytics. As a part of the deal which was recently signed, Microsoft would build cloud-based platform for Boeing which prides a leading portfolio of commercial aviation analytics tools.
The partnership which will have Boeing’s commercial aviation applications moved to Microsoft Azure cloud, is directed towards improving commercial aviation and would allow Boeing to analyse a large set of data provided from multiple sources.
It would hence help in enhancing factors like predictive aircraft maintenance, fuel optimization, airline systems and the overall experience of the passengers. The service would further be powered by services like Cortana Intelligence and Azure IoT Suite.
Boeing, which has a history in aviation dating back to 1958, had also provided seaplanes to the U.S Navy during the World War I. The company which had unveiled the state-of-the-art 787 Dreamliner earlier this decade, has set an ambitious aim for serving the aviation industry in the coming years and the step to infuse digital aviation is a way towards it.
If we look at the usage of analytics tools by Boeing, the company along with its subsidiaries AerData and Jeppesen has been offering a wide portfolio which are being used by more than 300 airlines to optimise operating efficiency. Apart from airlines, Boeing’s application also provides real-time information to air-plane leasing companies and maintenance suppliers to smoothen their operations at every step.
Kevin Crowley, Boeing vice president of Digital Aviation believes that Boeing’s expertise and extensive aviation data resources coupled with Microsoft’s cloud technology would accelerate innovation in areas such as predictive maintenance and flight optimization, allowing airlines to drive down costs and improve operational efficiency.
“Together, two companies that changed their industries are teaming up to accelerate the digital transformation of aviation through the use of analytics-based applications, cloud technologies and large-scale integration,” he added.
On the other hand, Microsoft believes that working with Boeing would help businesses across aviation to become more adaptive, innovative and intelligence driven. “At Microsoft, we are focused on empowering organisations across industries to advance their digital transformation,” said Judson Althoff, executive vice president, Worldwide Commercial Business, Microsoft.
The digitisation of airline is also a step towards artificial intelligence which would integrate humans and machine. Providing an efficient and competitive base, the overall aim of the deal is to improve the business operations and customer services in every best way possible.