Moonware, an aviation tech company building the ecosystem for automated airfield operations, has inked a partnership agreement with IAG, the parent company of British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus, Vueling and Level. This collaboration introduces Moonware’s flagship product, HALO, a ‘Ground Traffic Control’ platform designed to streamline ground operations, at John F. Kennedy International Airport Terminal 8.

Moonware and British Airways teams at JFK. Courtesy of Moonware.
Moonware and British Airways teams at JFK. Courtesy of Moonware.

This partnership is part of IAG’s transformation initiatives, where the Group has more than 1,000 projects aiming to improve operational efficiencies and the customer experience. To achieve this, IAG is investing in innovation, information technology and data; all underpinned by a culture of transformation, a key element in ensuring the Group’s future resilience and sustainability.

“With Moonware’s advanced technology, we’re ready to boost efficiency, reduce turnaround times, and elevate the overall passenger experience. This partnership reflects our dedication to embracing cutting-edge technology, core to our DNA” said Thomas Cannell, Program Director for Airport Automation at IAG Airports.

At the heart of this partnership lies a commitment to innovation and operational excellence, with the platform servicing all British Airways flights at JFK, marking Moonware’s inaugural launch with a major airline. This endeavor is further fortified through collaboration with dnata, a leading ground handling provider and subsidiary of The Emirates Group.

Javier Vidal, CEO of Moonware, expressed enthusiasm for the transformative potential of this partnership: “IAG’s’ selection of HALO as their solution for BA at JFK is a testament to the unique innovation of Moonware’s technology. Together, we’re poised to revolutionize the travel industry and set new standards for 21st Century ground handling.”

HALO is an automated supertool for airfield ground crew, providing dynamic task coordination, equipment allocation, and comprehensive situational awareness. By minimizing delays and optimizing aircraft turnaround times, this significantly enhances flight throughput and operational efficiency.

Moonware’s HALO Ground Traffic Control platform. Courtesy of Moonware.
Moonware’s HALO Ground Traffic Control platform. Courtesy of Moonware.

Leveraging state-of-the-art AI capabilities and real-time data integration, HALO seamlessly adapts to fluctuating schedule changes, ensuring swift resource allocation and smooth operational transitions. While airlines often rely on walkie-talkies to communicate and cameras to monitor delays, Moonware’s fully integrated solution now serves to provide the ecosystem for ground operations. This approach not only reduces aircraft downtime but also optimizes airport gate utilization, mitigating airfield congestion and improving the overall operation.

“We bring a radically new method to solve the greatest challenges in airfield operations”, explained Saunon Malekshahi, Moonware’s CTO. “By interfacing closely with the airside operations user base, we are fundamentally taking a ground-up approach in developing technology that truly has had unprecedented impact in this industry.”

Moonware’s vision is to enable the next generation of air travel with automated & sustainable airfields. With a team of experts drawn from top Silicon Valley tech companies and established aviation players, Moonware is at the forefront of innovation for airport operations.

The partnership between IAG and Moonware marks a new era of flight underscored by the integration of advanced technologies. Together, they aim to redefine industry standards for operations in air travel. 

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About Moonware
Moonware is a venture-backed startup enabling the next generation of aerial mobility with automated and sustainable airfields. The company is building an integrated ecosystem of AI software and smart vehicles that optimally connect ground crew, aircraft and ground support equipment to efficiently service flights. Moonware’s vision is to handle aircraft fully autonomously from touchdown to takeoff, providing seamless aircraft turnarounds for a streamlined airport experience.

About IAG
International Airlines Group (IAG) is one of the world’s largest airline groups with 558 aircraft flying to over 250 destinations and carrying around 94 million passengers each year. Its leading airlines in Spain, the UK and Ireland include Aer Lingus, British Airways, Iberia, Vueling and Level. It is a Spanish registered company with shares traded on the London and Spanish Stock Exchanges.

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