Subscribe Free
in Events

Etihad Aviation Group showcases the future of air travel at UAE Innovation Week

Posted 23 November 2016 · Add Comment

Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development and Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs, have visited Etihad Innovation Week, as part of UAE Innovation Week.

This week’s visitors to the Innovation Centre can also meet Pepper, the humanoid robot, designed with the ability to read emotions and adapt its behaviour accordingly, while “Chef Watson” is creating original recipes for guests by cognitively analysing flavours and ingredients.

James Hogan, president and chief executive pfficer, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “We operate in a highly competitive environment and in order to meet our guests expectations and deliver optimized efficiencies, an aggressive approach to technology and innovation is a necessity - not an option.”

Last year, Etihad Airways signed a US$700 million strategic partnership with IBM to transform the airline’s global technology operations with cloud, analytics, mobile, security and cognitive technologies.

Etihad Innovation Week also features a Hackathon where university students compete by using IBM Watson’s cognitive technology to produce solutions for the travel industry. The three-day challenge, involving students from universities in Abu Dhabi, is being hosted with Cognit, a joint venture between Mubadala and IBM Watson.

Noura Al Kaabi, said: “I have enjoyed my visit to Etihad Innovation Week, as part of the country-wide celebrations, to see and hear the latest news on how the company is incorporating technology and innovative practices to the benefit of the customer, the economy and the wider travel and tourism industry. I was also delighted to see the participation of university students in the activities.”

Etihad Aviation Group has invested billions of dollars on technological innovation to streamline businesses across the group and enhance the guest experience, supported by partnerships with world leading technology firms, including IBM, SAP, Sabre, Adobe, Cognizant, and SITA.

UAE Innovation Week, running until 26 November, is one of the largest innovation initiatives in the world and aims to strengthen the UAE’s position as a global innovation hub.

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

Southern comfort

Jetex Flight Support’s latest building at Dubai South won the FBO of the year title at last October’s Aviation Business Awards. Dave Calderwood went along to find out why and also discovered other excellent facilities along the way.

Garmin introduces the GFC 600H helicopter flight control system

Garmin has launched the GFCTM 600H flight control system for helicopter owners and operators – a breakthrough in cost-effective technology that reduces pilot workload and improves mission effectiveness.

Pegasus Airlines is bouncing back and looking to new markets

Pegasus Airlines has released a statement saying it is looking forward to expanding after ‘weathering Turkey’s tough times for Turkey's aviation sector in recent years.’

TAV Airports revenue reached EUR 1.1 billion in 2017

TAV Airports Holding increased passengers served 10% and reached 115 million.

Double honours for Emirates Group Security and Transguard

Emirates Group Security and Transguard have cemented their industry leadership position by clinching two accolades at the 16th edition of the Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Awards (SKEA).

Algerian minister confirms bids submitted re cargo market tender

Algerian Minister of Public Works and Transport, Abdelghani Zaalane, has confirmed that four bids have been submitted to government regarding the proposed liberalisation of the country's air cargo market, reports ch-aviation.

SOFEX SK2018
See us at
Aviation Africa BT18418Istanbul Airshow BT22018ArabianTravelMkBT250418AirportShow BT1502090518Abu Dhabi AirExpo BT2018SOFEX BT2018Global Aerospace BT2018MEBAA BT2018BIAS BT271017161118