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Announcing Microsoft Teams’ Turn Time at the Gate solution

In today’s fast-paced world, where travel is an integral part of our lives, efficiency in airline operations is paramount. The airline industry continually seeks innovative solutions to optimize its processes, ensuring a seamless experience for both passengers and airlines. Microsoft Teams, known for its groundbreaking technology solutions, has joined forces with industry leaders HARMAN and Xoriant to introduce a revolutionary Turn Time at the Gate solution featuring the best of all three companies. This visionary partnership aims to reshape the aviation landscape by enhancing gate management and ushering in a new era of operational efficiency.”

Partnering to deliver: Microsoft Teams, HARMAN, and Xoriant

The journey to this groundbreaking solution began with Microsoft Teams’ collaboration with American Airlines, where they embarked on developing a Turn Time solution, which is now used to turn their flights worldwide. This collaborative effort gained significant recognition when American Airlines’ Chief Financial Officer highlighted it during their earnings call. The pinnacle of recognition came when Satya Nadella, Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft, featured it in his keynote address at Microsoft Ignite 2022. This recognition underscores the groundbreaking nature of the Turn Time at the Gate solution.

The crucial role of gate management

Turn time at the gate is a critical factor in the airline industry, significantly influencing both financial performance and the overall passenger experience. Delays at the gate can lead to cascading disruptions throughout an airline’s operations, affecting not only flight schedules but also passenger satisfaction. Efficient gate management is the linchpin that holds the intricate web of airline operations together. 

Understanding the gravity of this challenge, Microsoft Teams has partnered with HARMAN and Xoriant, two industry-leading strategic integration partners, to bring their unique capabilities to the Turn Time at the Gate solution. Microsoft led the initial design and each has developed the Turn Time scenario to create game-changing solutions for the aviation sector.

Harnessing the power of AI

Microsoft Teams’ Turn Time at the Gate solution is not merely an incremental improvement; it’s a transformational leap forward. One of its standout features is the integration of cutting-edge AI. This integration empowers the solution to automatically summarize chat discussions happening within Teams, enabling gate staff to distill critical information quickly and make informed decisions in real time. Moreover, AI predictive assessments play a pivotal role, utilizing real-time inputs to anticipate potential delays and proactively implement measures to prevent them. These AI-driven insights empower airlines to enhance operational efficiency, reduce turnaround times, and ultimately provide passengers with a smoother travel experience. 

Key features of the Turn Time at the Gate solution

  1. Real-time Data Analytics: The solution leverages Azure Open AI to provide airlines with immediate insights into gate operations. This real-time data enables airlines to make data-driven decisions, thereby enhancing operational efficiency. 
  2. Seamless Communication: Integrated communication tools within Microsoft Teams facilitate smooth interactions among gate staff, cabin crew, and other essential personnel. Effective communication ensures a well-coordinated and efficient turnaround process.
  3. Enhanced Passenger Experience: A streamlined turnaround directly translates to a better passenger experience. Passengers can enjoy quicker boarding, on-time departures, and reliable connections, all of which contribute to reduced stress and a more enjoyable journey.

GPT for all: Also announcing GPT in a Box

The Airline industry is now able to leverage generative AI to improve flight operations through GPT in a Box, a breakthrough solution for Microsoft Teams for content generation and semantic search. GPT in a box is a new offering from Microsoft, in partnership with HARMAN and Xoriant, that enables Teams users to leverage the power of generative AI within their own collaborative environment. Teams provides a collaborative space where multiple people can view and refine the same prompt output. Teams also provides a location for document and chat storage that is scoped to team membership by design, providing a safe and secure location for confidential teamwork.  

GPT in a Box allows users to access a GPT-powered assistant that can generate high-quality content and answer complex queries based on natural language prompts. Whether it is writing a report, summarizing a document, finding relevant information, or generating creative ideas, GPT in a Box can help users save time and enhance their productivity. GPT in a box is also designed to meet the security and compliance requirements of enterprise customers, by integrating with native Teams policies and configurations, and by allowing IT administrators to provision and manage multiple instances of GPT services across different organizations. GPT in a Box expedites the path to value for those who want to build a solution that leverages generative AI and Large Language Models (LLMs) for Teams users as part of a line of business solution. It provides them with a seamless and intuitive way to harness the power of AI for their work. 

Unveiling the future: The World Aviation Festival in Lisbon, Portugal 

To showcase these transformative solutions to the aviation world, Microsoft Teams will be participating in the prestigious World Aviation Festival 2023 in Lisbon, Portugal, from September 26 to 28, 2023. This event provides an exclusive opportunity for industry professionals and enthusiasts to experience firsthand the future of gate management. Attendees can explore how Microsoft Teams, in partnership with HARMAN and Xoriant, is poised to reshape the airline industry. Both companies, along with Microsoft, will be available to demonstrate the Turn Time at the Gate solution.

David Jaworski, the visionary leader of the Industry Solutions program in Teams Engineering, extends a warm invitation to industry professionals and media representatives to arrange meetings with Microsoft during the World Aviation Festival. For inquiries and scheduling, please contact Mr. Jaworski at 

About Microsoft Teams 

Microsoft Teams stands as a global leader in delivering innovative technology solutions that empower organizations across diverse industries. Committed to driving digital transformation and enhancing operational efficiency, Microsoft Teams harnesses the power of cutting-edge technology to provide seamless solutions that shape the future of industries worldwide. 

In conclusion, Microsoft Teams’ Turn Time at the Gate solution is not just a technological marvel; it’s a testament to the industry’s commitment to innovation and improving the passenger experience. By harnessing AI and partnering with industry leaders, Microsoft Teams, HARMAN, and Xoriant are set to transform gate management, paving the way for a more efficient, reliable, and enjoyable air travel experience. As we look forward to the World Aviation Festival in Lisbon, Portugal, the aviation industry can anticipate a brighter, more efficient future, thanks to this remarkable collaboration. 


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