How artificial intelligence will help unveil the future of aviation

Brussels Airlines and zeroG staff workshop applications for artificial intelligence in aviation.
Photo Credit: Brussels Airlines

In a recent collaboration, zeroG and Brussels Airlines hosted a hackathon, “Unlock the Power of Data,” from November 23 to 24 in Brussels.

The aim was to tap into the vast potential of data and artificial intelligence (AI) within the aviation industry.

With nearly 100 participants, this event allowed hands-on experience with real data from Brussels Airlines, bridging the gap between data-driven innovation and practical aviation solutions.

Setting the Stage for Innovation

“Think sustainability, efficiency, and comfort – that’s what we’re diving into with seven everyday aviation topics. We’re talking about everything from saving fuel and cutting waste to customer feedback,” reveals Manuel van Esch, the CEO at zeroG.

The hackathon’s primary objective was to generate proofs-of-concept that assess the business case and tech feasibility for various scenarios.

It will serve as the catalyst for integrating data and AI technology to have a tangible impact on Brussels Airlines.

As Belgium’s largest airline, Brussels Airlines contributes invaluable data and insights to this dynamic collaboration.

Around 70 data scientists and AI experts from zeroG, partnered with 20 analysts and data experts from Brussels Airlines, constitute the core teams.

They worked collaboratively in small groups to devise innovative solutions on how machine learning and AI can be profitably employed in aviation. Microsoft experts were also on-site, providing support and leveraging Microsoft Azure for case realization.

Unveiling Prominent Use Cases

Zero-fuel-weight Prediction

Addressing the challenge of saving millions of kilograms of fuel annually, this use case analyzes fuel overage occurrences, quantifies their impact through data, and explores sustainable solutions.

Buy-on-board Fresh Food Waste Management

Introducing an AI tool that minimizes waste, offering potential time and cost savings, this use case reflects a commitment to efficiency and sustainability.

Performance Loop Boost

Through a comprehensive analysis of Brussels Airlines’ Data Architecture, this use case collaborates with business stakeholders to identify priority cases for tangible impact, promising improved performance loops.

Data Culture Workshop

Led by zeroG’s Data Leadership program instructors, this workshop aimed to establish data leadership characteristics and a sustainable data culture at Brussels Airlines through training and hands-on use cases.

Cabin Natural Language Processing Model Re-vamp

Upgrading the Cabin NLP model at Brussels Airlines is geared towards enhancing crew AI reporting, including new methods for interpreting customer feedback.

Shaping the Future of Aviation

This collaboration – broadly described as a ‘hackathon’ – investigated some of the potential transformative applications of data and AI in the aviation sector.

The outcomes, in the form of innovative solutions and revamped models, have the potential to revolutionize sustainability, efficiency, and customer satisfaction in aviation.

About zeroG

zeroG is the expert center for data driven, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning solutions in aviation. With a cross-skilled team of 85 data and AI experts zeroG builds impactful solutions for world-leading airlines since 2015.

The company, which is part of Lufthansa Systems, is set to solve challenges in commercial aviation by building cutting-edge data and machine learning application for airlines. 


PSO funding secures London route from City of Derry Airport

A funding injection of over £1 million has ensured the air route between London Heathrow and City of Derry Airport

Len Varley By Len Varley

UK government launches night flight consultation process

Industry and local communities will have a say on night flying at Heathrow, Stansted and Gatwick airports under a newly

Len Varley By Len Varley

Heathrow Airport: 2023 sees a return to profit

Heathrow Airport capped off a year of resurgence and rebound in 2023, showing the first adjusted profit in four years.

Len Varley By Len Varley

Dubai International Airport: 2023 record traffic exceeds expectations

2023 saw traffic exceed expectations for Dubai International Airport, with passenger footfall increasing 37% to 87 million.

Len Varley By Len Varley
Brussels Airlines and zeroG have held a 'hackathon' to workshop the potentials for artificial intelligence within the aviation industry.
You Might Also Enjoy