Microsoft, Riyadh Air Sign MoU for Aviation Sector
Riyadh Air has joined forces with global tech giant Microsoft. They’ve signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that aims to accelerate innovation and sustainability in the aviation sector. This collaboration marks Riyadh Air’s choice of Microsoft’s Azure platform as its official cloud service provider.
Center of Excellence
Under the partnership, a “Center of Excellence” will be established. It will provide a structured framework for innovation, alongside a specialized council to lead digital transformation efforts.
The MoU outlines a strategy to leverage advanced technologies such as big data, artificial intelligence, and Metaverse. These technologies will enhance Riyadh Air’s services.
Step Toward Strategic Partnerships
Adam Boukadida, the CFO of Riyadh Air, expressed his enthusiasm about the MoU. He emphasized that the collaboration with Microsoft Azure is a first step toward many strategic partnerships aimed at maximizing our benefit from Microsoft’s capabilities, especially in AI.
Role of Cloud Computing , AI
Turki Badhris, acting General Manager at Microsoft Arabia, highlighted the critical role of cloud computing and AI. He stated that these technologies are pivotal in creating a flexible digital infrastructure for effectively managing future challenges and opportunities.
Microsoft will provide Riyadh Air with technical expertise, support programs, and security reviews. This assistance will enable the airline to fully benefit from the Azure platform.
Aligning with Saudi Vision 2030
Riyadh Air’s digital and technological strategy aligns with Saudi Vision 2030. The goal is to transform the Kingdom into a global hub for air transport and trade, leveraging its strategic geographic location.