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Emirates says working on AI-powered flight assistant

Emirates has demonstrated its commitment to fostering innovation in the global aviation industry by signing MoUs with three teams from the sixth cohort of the Dubai Future Accelerqtors (DFA) programme.

The companies, hailing from the USA, Germany and the UK, were selected from the pool of seven participant teams that worked with Emirates through DFA for nine weeks between March and May 2019. The MoUs were signed by Adel Al Redha, Emirates’ Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer and by representatives from the shortlisted companies - Opinsta (UK), Predapp (Germany) and Verusen (USA).

"Over the course of nine weeks, the interactions between the teams at Emirates as well as the participants of Cohort 6 of the Dubai Future Accelerators programme have resulted in a number of options we can explore to address the challenges we had defined," said Al Redha, Emirates’ Executive Vice President and CEO.

“What we are witnessing here is the advancement of the next wave in aviation innovation led by the UAE government by adopting and testing emerging technologies, and reiterating once again Dubai’s role in shaping the future of humanity, said Khalfan Belhoul, CEO at Dubai Future Foundation.

“The MoUs signed today are the outcome of DFA’s offering of an ideal setting for Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, along with the brightest and most innovative minds, to work hand in hand in finding transformative solutions to key challenges in the aviation industry,” he added.

Verusen will be working on using Artificial Intelligence to support more agile procurement and supply chains for Emirates. Opinsta will be working on enhancing the internal processes and systems for crew duty travel and Predapp will work on developing an Emirates AI Assistant that will assist airline customers from pre-flight to post-flight.