Aireon to Form International Advisory Committee
Partnership to Enable the Benefits of Revolutionary New Air Traffic
Surveillance System for the World's Airlines
MCLEAN, Va., Feb. 11, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aireon LLC, the developer of
the world's first satellite-based global air traffic surveillance system,
plans to form an International Advisory Committee (IAC) that will provide
guidance and critical insights to Aireon, ensuring that stakeholders
perspectives are incorporated throughout the deployment and long-term
operations of the Aireon^SM service.
Aireon will enable fully global and continuous monitoring and control of
aircraft over the oceans and remote regions where it is not currently
possible. Aireon's transformative service can have a significant impact on
global aircraft operations by safely enabling more efficient flight routing,
saving the world's airlines billions of dollars over the lifetime of the
Aireon will create an eight person International Advisory Committee that will
consist of representatives from the airlines, the International Air Transport
Association (IATA) and global Air Navigation Service Providers. It is
anticipated that the specific members will be named ahead of the IAC's first
planned meeting in the second quarter of this year.
"Aireon was created to provide valuable services to global airlines, helping
them to decrease fuel burn, enable significant fuel savings and reduce
greenhouse gas emissions," said Don Thoma, President and CEO, Aireon. "The
creation of the IAC will ensure the needs of the airlines and air navigation
service providers are a central part of this revolutionary aviation service."
Since launching in June 2012, Aireon continues to garner support around the
world. Expected to be fully operational in 2017, Aireon will provide more
efficient, more environmentally friendly, and safer air travel. This first
ever global air traffic monitoring service will enable a host of benefits to
the world's airlines. It is anticipated to enable improvements to air traffic
operations that will generate billions of dollars in fuel savings for air
carriers over the life of the system.
"Engaging industry players is the right approach. IATA will be an enthusiastic
participant in Aireon's IAC to ensure that the offering is developed with the
industry's needs being front and center," said Tony Tyler, IATA's Director
General and CEO.
About Aireon LLC
Headquartered in McLean, Va., Aireon LLC is a joint venture between Iridium
Communications Inc. (Nasdaq:IRDM) and NAV CANADA to provide air traffic
management service providers with the capability to track aircraft anywhere in
the world in near-real time, including the only coverage over oceanic, polar
and remote regions. Aireon will harness the best of aviation surveillance
advancements already underway and extend them globally in order to
significantly improve the business of air operations through increased
efficiency, expanded safety, worldwide integration and significant cost
savings to airlines and ANSPs alike. For more information about Aireon, visit:
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+1 (703) 287-7476
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