GMR Group and IndiGo Airlines established a strategic engagement on Thursday to build a digital consortium to transform the Indian aviation sector.

According to a press release from GMR, the cooperation combines the various qualities of GMR’s infrastructure experience with IndiGo Airlines‘ creative air travel strategy.

The collaboration will concentrate on using cutting-edge technology to improve operational efficiency, passenger experiences, and industry sustainability.

While GMR Group and Indigo will be the founding partners of this industry consortium, the initiative seeks to collaborate with multiple stakeholders in the aviation ecosystem to achieve the key objectives of driving technological innovation, improving passenger services, achieving operational excellence, and embracing sustainable practices to reduce environmental impact.

The consortium’s major goals include technological innovation, improved passenger services, and operational excellence, among others, according to the press announcement.

Speaking on the occasion, GMR Airports‘ Chief Innovation Officer, SGK Kishore, said the consortium demonstrates their ongoing commitment to innovation and leadership in the digital and emerging technologies domains.

“Our commitment to pushing the limits of innovation remains unwavering, and we anticipate releasing forward-thinking solutions in the coming years alongside the whole aviation ecosystem. “This initiative will use digital technologies to build a future-ready and efficient aviation infrastructure in India,” he said.

Rajesh Kumar Singh, Special Director in the CEO’s office at IndiGo, said, “We are happy to introduce this innovative project in collaboration with GHIAL. An aviation ecosystem coordinated in real-time utilizing digital advances, with the consumer at the center, can potentially create revolutionary experiences unrivaled anyplace in the world.”

According to Statista, digital transformation technology and services investment will total 3.4 trillion US dollars in 2026, up from a projected 1.6 trillion in 2022. This suggests that businesses are aggressively investing in digital technology to simplify operations and improve the consumer experience.

Digital improvements in the aviation business have several advantages that may dramatically improve operations, employee productivity, and overall efficiency. The following are some important advantages of airline digital transformation:

Augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) are transforming the aviation sector. Both of them have enormous potential.

For example, augmented reality may be used to speed up airplane maintenance. GE Aviation is an excellent illustration of this. GE Aviation replaced manual repair instructions with AR-based instructions, cutting work mistakes by 85%. Boeing is another example of how augmented reality is used in aviation.

Another example is L3Harris Technologies, which employs Virtual Reality to teach pilots.