Boeing and Microsoft have agreed to build a cloud-based platform for the commercial aviation applications of Boeing’s AerData and Jeppesen units, used by more than 300 airlines.
AerData, a company Boeing acquired in 2014, provides lease management, records management and engine fleet planning software.
Jeppesen (also known as Jeppesen Sanderson) specialises in navigational information, plane management utilities, operations crew and fleet management, and flight training products and services.
“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 optimisation, allowing airlines to drive down costs and improve operational efficiency,” Kevin Crowley, Boeing vice president of Digital Aviation, said in a joint statement by the companies.
The Boeing applications supply digital navigation information to nearly 13,000 aircraft daily, helping airlines reduce crew scheduling costs and fuel burn.
The applications track real-time data on more than 3800 planes worldwide.
Written by William Sykes