The collaboration aims to transform the international airport into an aviation innovation hub
using artificial intelligence and cloud computing technologies
Alibaba Cloud, the data intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group, and Liege Airport – the biggest cargo airport in Belgium – have announced a joint plan to work together to empower Liege Airport with Aviation Brain, a proprietary Artificial Intelligence (AI) programme from Alibaba Cloud that aims to help the aviation sector tackle real-world operational challenges. Liege Airport hopes to leverage Alibaba Cloud’s leading technologies to optimise aviation procedures and improve operation efficiency, in order to unleash its potential as the next-generation innovation hub for aviation.
With Liege Airport positioned as the strategic freight hub in Europe, Alibaba Cloud and Liege Airport hope to work together to reduce on-the-ground logjams by refreshing the aircraft parking apron utilisation, or parking spaces for aircraft, in order to increase efficiency and minimise aircraft relocation time. The usage of specialised technologies also allows flight dispatchers to make more timely and precise decisions to space out arrivals and avoid possible bottlenecks on the runway.
Commenting on the announcement, Luc Partoune, CEO of Liege Airport, stated: “It is imperative that we are functioning as efficiently as possible to ensure cargo planes originated from and arriving at Liege airport will operate safely and timely. Alibaba Cloud’s Aviation Brain will provide the world-class technology capabilities required to keep delays to a minimum, and we want to tap on the experience to build Liege Airport as the exemplary aviation hub in Europe.”
“Aviation is among one of the most exciting sectors where Alibaba Cloud can bring valuable intelligence to our customers. With our expertise in smart aviation, we are able to create actionable insights. We are confident that it will have a transformative effect at Liege Airport, and we are looking forward to working with the team there as it embarks on this exciting digital transformation journey,” said Selina Yuan, President of Alibaba Cloud Intelligence.
Hangzhou, China, 25 November, 2019