Malaysia Airlines is set to be the first airline to have its planes tracked globally by a satellite flight tracking system.
The company did not link the planned update to the 2014 disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, noting only that the new technology had only “recently been made available”.
However the fate of MH370 and its 239 passengers remains unknown to this day, continuing to confound investigators and frustrate the bereaved, and has prompted multiple calls for better ways to track aircraft.
The new trackers are set to go into use in 2018. An airline representative told DPA they will be used to enhance operational safety and security practices.
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“The new technology has been enhanced to cover remote areas or to airspace which were not accessible before and real-time [position] aircraft tracking.”
Aireon, the company behind the technology, played up its strengths in a press release, noting its “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.”
The company spokesperson said the airline sought out the technology.
“As this technology has only recently been made available in the market, we [Malaysia Airlines] took the lead and upgraded our current system with this enhanced version.”