Boeing Buys Houston-Based Pilot App Company ForeFlight

By Amit Chowdhry ● March 7, 2019

Boeing has announced it has acquired Houston-based ForeFlight, which is a company that develops mobile and web-based aviation applications. Prior to the acquisition, ForeFlight and Boeing were partners over the last two years to bring aviators Jeppesen’s aeronautical data and charts through ForeFlight’s popular mobile platforms.

Going forward, the teams will integrate talent and offerings to bring expanded digital solutions to all segments of the aviation industry. ForeFlight’s flagship product known as ForeFlight Mobile is used by individual pilots and professional flight crews to gather weather and destination information. And it has become the go-to app for routing, planning and filing, organizing flight publications, and managing electronic charges and maps.

“We are excited to build on ForeFlight’s tremendous success in personal, business and defense aviation so we can provide next-generation, integrated tools to our aviation customers today,” said Boeing’s VP of Digital Solutions and Analytics Ken Sain in a statement. “This acquisition also expands Boeing’s rapidly growing, unparalleled digital services portfolio which will enable us to compete and win in the $2.8 trillion, 10-year services market.”

Boeing’s acquisition of ForeFlight aligns with the company’s growth strategy of complementing organic investments with targeted and strategic investments for positioning the company’s long-term growth. The terms of the deal were undisclosed.

“We are inspired by the future built at Boeing and what our teams will be able to create by coming together,” added ForeFlight co-founder and CEO Tyson Weihs. “Our companies share a passion for delivering customers the essential tools that drive efficiency, productivity, and safety.”