The airline industry was forever changed in 2010 with the release of the Apple iPad. Since then, mobile technology has been permanently intertwined with the aviation industry. Shortly after the iPad debuted, pilots and airline operators realized that they could get all the flight information they needed on a convenient tablet device instead of carrying around heavy bags of paper. That was one of the first major shifts to help airlines move to mobile strategies, and it is amazing what has happened since. In just seven years, we have seen:
· 340,000+ tablets in commercial flight decks
· More than 40 million paperless flights with FliteDeck Pro
· Over 30 terabytes of data transferred via mobile devices monthly
· Service to the national militaries of 29 countries
· More than 50,000 U.S. military pilots flying with our apps
Digital Aviation and Analytics is committed to increasing our presence and influence across mobile technologies to better serve our customers. To further help airlines move toward becoming a “digital airline” we are working with key partners such as Apple and Microsoft.
Last year, we signed an agreement with Microsoft that will transition Boeing’s extensive portfolio of digital solutions to Microsoft’s secure cloud platform, Azure. This will enable airlines to solve business challenges by becoming more adaptive, innovative and intelligence-driven while accessing their data securely from anywhere in the world.
Likewise, at Digital Aviation & Analytics, we recognize that pushing actionable information to mobile devices throughout our customers’ operations has become critically important, so we’re committing to launching a new mobile strategy with Apple that we think is very exciting. We will:
· Expand our products on mobile beyond just iPads to include other tablets, phones, and wearable devices
· Extend innovations to other user personas including maintenance, crew, cabin, stations and more
· Commit to launching Digital Aviation and Analytics apps on iOS first
· Accelerate our development and execution of products and enhancements
· Apply native app best practices across the portfolio to ensure the best user experience
Ultimately, these collaborations aim to improve commercial aviation by enhancing factors like predictive aircraft maintenance, fuel optimization, airline systems and the overall cabin passenger experience.
Throughout this process, we will work closely with customers to provide mobile solutions that help make their operations smoother and more efficient. Customers will be a key partner in helping us improve user interface and usability. We recognize that most airlines have a highly distributed workforce and the benefits of mobile solutions are huge, so we are working hard to make mobile solutions that are efficient, secure, and a great asset to today’s digital airlines.