Artificial intelligence (AI) has been around for more than 60 years but has gained ground more recently, thanks to advances in computing and access to data. Machine learning and deep learning – subsets of AI are today helping to create applications that can learn autonomously, and advise complex problems. Aviation is no stranger to the virtues of AI. The industry is taking a keen interest in and turning to AI to develop, among other things, intelligent maintenance, engineering and prognostics tools, as well as applications to streamline business processes, supply chains and customer services. This is not about being cool, but rather recognising how these technologies can improve operations and bring business benefits, while enhancing safety.

"It is no surprise that artificial intelligence or AI is entering progressively into everyday parlance in air traffic management. The availability of data, advanced algorithms not to mention the leap forward in computing power means that AI now has something real and smart to offer our industry"

Florian Guillermet, Executive Director of the SESAR Joint Undertaking