Malaysia Airlines to use satellites to track planes

Published on : Thursday, April 20, 2017

malaysia-airlinesMalaysia Airlines has become the first air carrier to sign up a brand new satellite flight tracking system for its fleet.


This event comes three years after its MH370 flight that was travelling to Beijing had vanished with as many as 239 people on board. This satellite network would be launched quite soon. Once it is done, the airliner would be capable of monitoring its planes in the areas where presently there is no surveillance.


And, they include polar regions and also remotest areas of oceans that are not included in the surveillance systems.


The airline had reached a deal for the service offered by SITAONAIR, FlightAware US-based Aireon. This new system would be able to offer more regular updates about the location of an aircraft. This would especially be possible while the plane is travelling over oceans and other remote areas, according to Paul Gibson, the portfolio director of SITAONAIR.


The Aircrafts deviating from a certain flight path might be identified more quickly as a consequence.


This minute reporting would enable the authorities of Malaysia Airlines to be aware of the heading, altitude and location of its aircraft at all times and thus be alerted to any exceptions. However, it is not clear if the additional tracking ability would be having any impact on the disappearance of MH370 experience.


All the tracking systems would be able to monitor the location of a plane utilizing its on-board transmitter.


When the Kuala Lumpur-Beijing flight had disappeared, there had been suspicions that it had been done deliberately. The new service would be available in 2018. Isham Ismail who is the chief operating officer of Malaysia Airlines said that the firm is ‘proud’ to be the world’s first airliner to sign up for the system.


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