Boeing and Microsoft recently announced an agreement to build a cloud-based platform for Boeing's portfolio of commercial aviation analytics tools.

The two companies intend to work together to transition many of Boeing's commercial aviation applications into the Microsoft Azure cloud. Boeing's advanced analytics tools are currently used by more than 300 airlines to optimize operational 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," said Kevin Crowley, Boeing's vice president of digital aviation. "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 applications provide airlines, airplane leasing companies and maintenance suppliers with real-time information to enhance their operations, including purchasing and leasing airplanes and engines, training and scheduling crews, route planning, managing inventory, and maintaining fleets.

"At Microsoft, we are focused on empowering organizations across industries to advance their digital transformation," said Judson Althoff, Microsoft's executive vice president of worldwide commercial business. "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."  

For more information, visit www.boeing.com.