Press Release: Azul opts for minute-by-minute aircraft flight tracking

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Azul Linhas Aéreas has become the first airline in the Americas to exceed modern flight tracking safety standards by embracing truly global, real-time flight tracking capabilities onboard aircraft, with SITAONAIR’s AIRCOM FlightTracker.

The Brazilian low-cost carrier has upgraded to SITAONAIR’s advanced cutting-edge FlightTracker option, which integrates AireonSM space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) data from FlightAware. This gives the airline enhanced awareness of the precise position, speed and altitude of its full airborne fleet, anywhere in the world.

SITAONAIR has now activated its enhanced FlightTracker capabilities aboard Azul’s fleet of A320s and A330s, Embraer 190 and 195s and ATR 72-600s. This was completed in November 2018, ahead of the official launch of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)’s Global Aeronautical Distress & Safety System (GADSS) 15-minute aircraft tracking standard. With the Aireon system, Azul will even exceed the ICAO’s 15-minute standard by receiving aircraft position reports at a standard frequency of at least once per minute.

Already adopted by airlines operating more than 400,000 flights every month, SITAONAIR’s AIRCOM FlightTracker is a ground-based software system delivering vital global real-time aircraft position alerting to airline operations teams. The application aggregates the best available inflight position data from a wealth of sources – including Aireon’s cutting-edge space-based ADS-B data provided by FlightAware® – on a single aircraft position display. It can deliver real-time flight tracking coverage, even in the farthest reaches of the globe, including oceanic and other remote areas, without aircraft modifications. And coverage density has only improved with Aireon’s space-based ADS-B system.

Carlos Pellegrino, Azul’s OCC Director, says: “Since founding Azul in 2008, SITAONAIR’s AIRCOM applications have been our first choice for reinforcing our airline’s safety operations. By upgrading to SITAONAIR’s pioneering edition of FlightTracker, complete with Aireon’s space-based ADS-B data from FlightAware®, we can track our entire fleet with enhanced awareness, delivering operational precision, and following ICAO’s recommended best-practice.”

Dominique El Bez, SITAONAIR Vice President, Product and Strategy, says: “We truly believe SITAONAIR’s FlightTracker is the best solution on the market, and are incredibly proud to work with our cherished customer Azul to be the first in the Americas to activate global, real-time flight tracking technologies with our unrivalled solution.

“By incorporating Aireon’s space-based ADS-B data, via FlightAware, into our pioneering tool, any airline using SITAONAIR’s enhanced AIRCOM® FlightTracker can not only exceed the ICAO’s 15-minute flight-tracking recommendation, but be empowered to boost their operational efficiency and safety in an increasingly congested airspace – delivering precision, enhancing awareness and reinforcing safety, thereby minimizing costs and supporting the passenger’s inflight experience.”

The Aireon space-based ADS-B data system is hosted on the Iridium NEXT satellite constellation, which consists of 66 low-earth orbit crosslinked satellites with an additional nine satellites in orbit serving as spares. The constellation was completed in January of this year and is expected to be fully operational in the coming weeks. Aireon has partnered with FlightAware® to provide global flight tracking through FlightAware®’s products and partners like SITAONAIR.

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SITAONAIR is the air travel industry’s trusted connected aircraft service expert, powering innovation with recognized expertise and future-proof solutions. With our unrivalled industry-backed heritage, SITAONAIR delivers the promises of the connected aircraft, empowering 400+ airlines, 60+ ANSPs and 17,000+ aircraft to navigate the complexity of connectivity with our best-in-class solutions and services for passengers, cockpit and cabin crew, flight operations, aircraft big data and air traffic management. We believe that embracing a digital shift will reinvent the operation of aircraft, flight and on-board experience – making it safer, more efficient and enjoyable.

SITAONAIR is a subsidiary of The SITA Group, the communications and IT solution provider that transforms air travel through technology for airlines, at airports and on aircraft.

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