Since the loss of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in March 2014, there has been a major push for improvements in tracking procedures.
Malaysia Airlines’ aircraft operations centre 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.
As the first customer, the airline 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.
…. Real-time global aircraft tracking has long been a goal of the aviation community. 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. Captain Izham Ismail, Chief OO, Malaysia Airlines
The installation of this new system requires no new avionics or modifications for aircraft to take advantage of this service. The Aireon service will be operational in 2018, shortly after the completion of the Iridium NEXT satellite constellation and airlines using aircraft fitted with the system will automatically begin seeing the new Aireon data appear in their systems.
Malaysia Airlines is a member of the oneworld® alliance and is the national carrier of Malaysia.