IBM Helps iOS Apps Take Flight In Airline Enterprise

Carrying more than 10 million passengers annually between 70 European destinations and 17 Asian cities via a Helsinki hub, Finnair is a burgeoning airline serving the flying needs of global travelers.

Growth has become so rapid for the airline that it’s hired 500 additional employees, is launching new aircraft and implementing extra routes. And of course it needs to be as agile as possible on the tech side of the business.

Finnair, in conjunction with IBM, has announced the first-of-its-kind partnership that will help the airline use iOS enterprise apps from Big Blue on iPads on each of the aircrafts.

“Our collaboration with Apple and IBM is an important building block in our digital transformation,” said Katri Harra-Salonen, Chief Digital Officer of Finnair in a statement. “We want to link our employees with the insights they need to make better decisions. This collaboration enables a user focused, high quality, yet cost effective way of developing digital solutions, helping us to improve the way we operate as an airline.”

The apps, which are being built in IBM Cloud with input from the technical operations team at Finnair, will be used to provide aircraft mechanics with digital task cards and documentation with analytics to complete work assignments, ensuring safe upkeep of aircraft and achievement of on-time arrival and departure targets. The apps will also provide mechanic supervisors clear overview of flight schedules, maintenance process and mechanic availability, among other functions.

A recent report by Enterprise Mobility Exchange took a look at the best mobile operating systems for the enterprise, factoring in security, functionality, and scalability. Apple’s iOS came in with the highest of all security rankings, which may play an instrumental role in the apps being used for Finnair.

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