Posted on: 04 August 2015 by Mark Howells
Indian airlines AirAsia India and Air Costa have deployed a suite of SITA OnAir’s AIRCOM services to help streamline operations and improve navigational safety across their respective fleets of A320-200 and Embraer 170 and 190 aircraft.
Using SITA OnAir’s India-wide VHF network, the AIRCOM Server Online and AIRCOM Datalink Services interface with the airlines’ operations, crew management flight planning and maintenance software. Live messaging between the flight crew and the airline operational control ensures turnaround times are kept to a minimum.
With flight tracking a mandatory requirement for all Indian-based carriers, both airlines will also use AIRCOM®FlightTracker which uses existing air traffic control data, along with airlines’ flight plans, to provide real-time aircraft position monitoring. When an aircraft goes outside pre-determined parameters, an alert is automatically generated, giving flight controllers full information at all times.
“The Indian aviation market is set to grow by 10% every year for the next ten years, according to aviation industry reports,” said Capt. K N Babu, CEO of Air Costa. “That obviously gives us significant potential for growth. To make the very most of the opportunity, we need to be highly efficient in operations where technology will help us to achieve it.”
“SITA is focused on improving air navigation efficiency and safety by delivering real-time flight tracking to enable airlines to meet the industry requirements. Continuously expanding VHF coverage in India is reflective of SITA’s commitment to building unique assets/infrastructure for shared usage for its members,” commented Maneesh Jaikrishna, vice president, SITA India and Subcontinent.
Air Costa is a regional airline with hubs in Chennai and at Vijaywada Airport. It currently flies to a total of nine airports across India.
AirAsia India is a low cost carrier and a joint venture between AirAsia, and Tata Sons and Telestra Tradeplace.