SITAONAIR, a travel company specialized in connected aircraft service, announced that Malaysia Airlines will be the first SITAONAIR airline customer to benefit from a flight-tracking partnership. Under the agreement, all Malaysia Airlines aircraft will have access to minute-by-minute, globally, flight-tracking data, delivered by SITAONAIR’s AIRCOM FlightTracker.

This solution will enhance the existing SITAONAIR AIRCOM FlightTracker by adding Aireon’s space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) data to the existing data from FlightAware’s multiple global sources, complementing active Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP) Future Air Navigation System (FANS) activity data.

According to SITAONAIR, by incorporating this data, Malaysia Airlines’ aircraft operations center will receive real-time position updates of its airborne fleet globally. Aireon’s space-based ADS-B data will also resolve any existing data feed coverage gaps that remain, particularly over oceanic and remote airspace, where there is currently no surveillance.

“Real-time global aircraft tracking has long been a goal of the aviation community,” said Izham Ismail, Chief Operating Officer, Malaysia Airlines. “We are proud to be the first airline to adopt this solution using space-based ADS-B data as part of SITAONAIR’s AIRCOM FlightTracker.”

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Paul Gibson, Portfolio Director, AIRCOM, at SITAONAIR, said: “With the addition of the AireonSM data, via FlightAware, to SITAONAIR’s AIRCOM FlightTracker, combined with our active monitoring and automated alerting capabilities, Malaysia Airlines will be at the cutting- edge of real-time flight-tracking technology. With access to up-to-the-minute reporting, Malaysia Airlines will know the location, heading, speed and altitude of all aircraft in its fleet, at all times, and be alerted to any exceptions.”

In November 2016, Aireon, FlightAware and SITAONAIR announced a new partnership to deliver Aireon data via FlightAware to SITAONAIR customers. FlightAware provides a combination of global air traffic control data, aircraft datalink information and terrestrial ADS-B data through a secure streaming data feed. Once the Aireon system is operational, expected in 2018, Airlines already using SITAONAIR’s AIRCOM FlightTracker will automatically begin seeing the new Aireon data appear in their systems without the need for new avionics or for aircraft modifications.


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