Artificial intelligence is in every part of our lives and it has already conquered the skies.The big question remains, will this cutting-edge technology ultimately cause pilots to lose their jobs?

SwissCognitiveAlthough we are a long ways from AI-powered commercial flights, this is still something to think about

Like every other sphere of our modern lives, artificial intelligence (AI) has also made its way into civil aviation. The AI market, created by giant tech companies that develop software to help pilots and passengers alike, is growing. According to a market report, AI in the aviation sector is worth $152 million today and is expected to rise in value to $2.2 billion in 2024.

In the U.S. and Europe, airline giants have been using AI for the last few years. Most recently in April, Air Canada and WestJet, one of Canada’s largest airlines, announced that they were investing in AI technologies.

WestJet CEO Ed Sims said that they are planning to launch a “virtual concierge service,” like Amazon’s Alexa or Google Home.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) said that in order to double the number of passengers in the next 20 years, new high-tech methods, including artificial intelligence, should be included in air traffic, airport and aircraft systems.

AI to reduce costs

It looks like AI will create significant added value in civil aviation, making operations during the flight more effective and reducing the cost of flights. Steve Peterson, the head of the global travel and transportation section at the IBM Institute for Business Value, says that personalized customer relationships with chatbots and easier booking methods will improve the service.

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Another area where AI will certainly reduce costs is aircraft maintenance. It is said that AI systems can predict the breakdown of an aircraft before it happens and shorten the maintenance process for the aircraft on the ground, making the broken down parts repaired in a shorter time. Experts believe that a big airline company like Air Canada will make profits of over $100 million annually cutting down on maintenance costs.

However, the use of AI in aviation is ethically critical. It may be employed to predict passenger behavior, or calculate how much fuel the aircraft would need according to “nationality, distance and type of passengers,” days before the flight. The AI may even forecast how many people will not arrive for a flight by looking at the “weather conditions and flight time.”[…]

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