United Airlines signs up to Airbus’ Skywise open-data platform


United will leverage Skywise to enhance all aspects of its maintenance and engineering operations on its Airbus fleet.

United Airlines has become the latest US airline to connect to Airbus’ open-data platform, Skywise, following a recent agreement. United will leverage Skywise to enhance all aspects of its maintenance and engineering operations on its Airbus fleet.

Skywise enables airlines to store, access, manage and analyse data more efficiently while also benchmarking against other airline users’ trends. The product provides all technology elements in one place, including data warehousing, visualisation, alerting, and even machine learning packages, allowing United and other airlines to develop and deploy their own analytical products.

In addition, Skywise seamlessly connects with the data integration platform, Palantir Foundry, which United has been using since 2018. According to Airbus, the combination of Palantir Foundry and Skywise will provide United with the data and tools to enhance its operational reliability.

Praveen Sharma, United’s Vice President of Digital Products and Analytics, said: “We are proud to partner with Airbus and Palantir on this new data platform, which will allow us to maximise the performance of our Airbus fleet by analysing the best data we have available and using those insights to continuously improve our operation.”

Marc Fontaine, Airbus’ Digital Transformation Officer added: “Skywise will bring significant value by unlocking data, which will power operational efficiency in aircraft maintenance and flight operations for United Airlines’ fleet. By extending Skywise to other company business functions, with Palantir, the potential for United will be even bigger.”

Skywise provides all users with one single access point to their aggregated and anonymised aviation data, enriched from multiple sources across the industry into one secure, cloud-based platform. The more data that airlines or OEMs share into the Skywise Core platform, the more accurate the predictions and models for customers connected.

Currently, over 70 airlines around the world are connected to Skywise.