China reveals its big vision for aviation big data

Cirium’s Director of Aerospace Andrew Doyle attended the China Civil Aviation Development Forum (CCADF) on May 16-17, 2019, in China and shares his account on the event. 

China is striving to make the leap from being a ‘big market’ in commercial aviation to becoming a ‘global power’, fuelled by heavy investment in advanced technology platforms, connectivity and big data analytics.

Senior leaders representing Chinese and foreign government, regulatory, technology, airline and airport organisations took to the stage at the 10th biennial China Civil Aviation Development Forum (CCADF) in Beijing last week to discuss opportunities to work together to create an ‘intelligent future’ for the nation’s rapidly expanding aviation industry. The challenge is how to deliver this growth with further reduced accident rates, better traveller experience and enhanced profitability.

As a CCADF sponsor, Cirium representatives joined around 500 delegates at the two-day event, to examine the significant obstacles that need to be overcome to deliver the ‘digital transformation’ of an aviation market that is forecast to overtake North America as the world’s largest within the next 10 years.

Andrew and team Cirium at CCADF

According to Cirium’s flight status data presented at the event, more than 470 million passenger journeys globally were subject to delays or cancellations last year alone. Priorities for investment therefore include air traffic management infrastructure, predictive aircraft maintenance and enabling frictionless security, immigration and customs processing of travellers, as well as commercial initiatives such as distribution platforms to facilitate sales of ancillary services including last-minute upgrades to passengers.

APAC Sales VP Rahul Oberai presented at the event

“Intelligent civil aviation is to…analyse and integrate all key information and factors to ultimately realise digital processing, intelligent responses and smart support for the demands of industry safety, service and operations,” said Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) Administrator Mr Feng Zhenglin in his keynote address. “It features broad application and in-depth integration of new-generation information technologies of artificial intelligence, internet of things, cloud computing, mobile networks and big data globally,” he added.

CAAC Administrator Mr Feng Zhenglin delivered the opening keynote

The 3 keys to ‘intelligent civil aviation’, according to CAAC Administrator Feng Zhenglin:

  1. Seize the opportunity of civil aviation’s rapid development by “riding the wave” of intelligent technology
  2. Adopt the principles of intelligent technology to “actively consolidate the revolutionary momentum of civil aviation development”
  3. Open up a new era in civil aviation by “mastering intelligent technology”
A visit to Ameco Beijing during this trip

At Cirium, our experts are constantly monitoring and analyzing the industry trends. My colleague Rahul Oberai, VP Sales – APAC, presented on intelligent aviation driving the traveler experience, read his blog post to learn more. 

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