Kuala Lumpur, April 20: In the year 2014 Malaysia Airlines had lost a jetliner MH370 which was disappeared from radar somewhere above the Indian Ocean with 239 people on board. The airlines on Wednesday announced that it is the first to sign up to a new service that will track its airplanes anywhere in the world using orbiting satellites.The Malaysia Airlines use a soon-to-be-launched satellite network which will monitor its fleet in areas where there is currently no surveillance which includes polar regions and remote areas of the oceans.
Izham Ismail a Malaysia Airlines Chief Operating Officer stated that “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”. The airline reached a deal for the service provided by US-based Aireon, FlightAware and SITAONAIR.
Paul Gibson SITAONAIR’s portfolio director said that planes deviating from a flight path will be able to be identified more quickly with the system. Adding the point he said, “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”.
The new satellite network with Iridium Communications is launched by Aireon. It is assumed that it will come to be in use by 2018. Many international flights use a technology called Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) where signals can be traced from the ground or space. Whereas, a ground-based tracking system for ADS-B had installed by US Federal Aviation Administration.
It's not clear if this system would have allowed the company to track flight MH370 which disappeared on March 8, 2014, while on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
Before venturing into the remote stretches of the southern Indian Ocean the plane turned around and headed back to Malaysia. The main wreckage is still missing whereas some debris from the doomed aircraft was found washed ashore in Africa. Earlier in the current year, the deep-water search was called.
The plane’s location transmitter went dead with some suspecting that it was deliberately disabled and the plane would not have been visible to the satellite network.