Boeing and Microsoft recently sealed an agreement to develop a cloud-based platform that will be dedicated to Boeing’s portfolio of commercial aviation analytics tools.
The two businesses will collaborate to move the commercial aviation applications from Boeing’s current system into the new Microsoft Azure cloud. This applies to Boeing as well as its subsidiaries, AerData and Jeppesen, which boasts a portfolio that over 300 airlines use to improve their operating efficiency.
"Boeing's expertise and extensive aviation data resources coupled with Microsoft's cloud technology will accelerate innovation in areas such as predictive maintenance and flight optimization, allowing airlines to drive down costs and improve operational efficiency," Kevin Crowley, Boeing VP of Digital Aviation, said. "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."
This new collaboration will give airlines, maintenance suppliers, and airplane leasing companies more real-time information to improve their operations, whether they’re training and scheduling crews, leasing engines and airplanes, purchasing equipment, planning routes, maintaining fleets, or managing inventory.
"At Microsoft, we are focused on empowering organizations across industries to advance their digital transformation," Judson Althoff, EVP, Worldwide Commercial Business, Microsoft, said. "Working with Boeing, we can help businesses across aviation to become more adaptive, innovative and intelligence-driven, including airlines, operators, suppliers, support, and service providers."
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