Malaysia Airlines has signed up for a new flight tracking solution that will enable the carrier to monitor all of its flights, anywhere in the world.
The new “Aircom FlightTracker” service is being offered by SITA, the aviation technology company, in partnership with Aireon and FlightAware. It combines series of tracking solutions offered by the three companies to ensure global coverage.
The data from will be fed back to Malaysia Airlines’ operations centre in the form of real-time position updates of the airline’s entire global fleet.
Importantly, the new solution will use satellite data from Aireon to fill in any previous gaps in coverage, particularly in remote oceanic areas. Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 went missing in such an area in March 2014 and still hasn’t been found.
“Real-time global aircraft tracking has long been a goal of the aviation community,” said Captain Izham Ismail, Malaysia Airlines’ chief operating officer. “We are proud to be the first airline to adopt this solution.”
The issue of aircraft tracking has been thrust into the spotlight since the disappearance of MH370 and other subsequent air disasters.
The Aireon service will be operational in 2018, shortly after the completion of a new satellite constellation.