Microsoft and Boeing have announced today that they have reached an agreement to build a cloud-based platform for Boeing’s portfolio of commercial aviation analytics tools. Via the agreement, many of the aircraft manufacturer’s commercial applications will be transitioned on Microsoft’s Azure cloud.
Kevin Crowley, Boeing vice president of Digital Aviation released the following statement in the press release:
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. 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.
Boeing’s commercial applications are currently used by more than 300 airlines to deliver digital navigational information to nearly 13,000 aircraft daily. Judson Althoff, Microsoft executive vice president, Worldwide Commercial Business shared that “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.”