Posted on: 19 October 2011 by Ross McSweeny
Blue Sky Network has announced that its tracking and messaging hardware, software, and service will be used by the Caribbean’s newest low-fare airline, REDjet.
REDjet’s MD-82 aircraft currently fly to Barbados, Trinidad, and Guyana and will service Jamaica and Antigua from November, with further new routes being added regularly. The carrier will use Blue Sky Network’s Iridium-based solutions to track every flight over the Caribbean Sea, as well as to maintain constant contact with pilots and operators.
“When our existing communication system proved to be obsolete, the search began for a replacement that was competitively priced, had all the functionality, and wouldn’t require major modifications on our aircraft,” explained REDjet’s chief operations officer, Kevin Dudley. “Blue Sky worked with our engineering department to come up with an installation plan; the end result has been one very satisfied customer. As part of REDjet’s unwavering commitment to the safety of our passengers, crew and aircraft, we conducted extensive searches for the appropriate technology and are confident that Blue Sky is the right fit.”
The solution being used across REDjet’s fleet is Blue Sky Network’s FAA-approved D1000C tracking unit with the ACH1000, which enables voice and text messages to be sent via the Iridium network. Tracking data will be viewed on SkyRouter, Blue Sky Network’s web-based tracking portal.
“We’re thrilled to have REDjet on board,” says Blue Sky Network CEO and founder, Jon Gilbert. “The D1000C with ACH is an ideal fit both for the REDjet planes and, as importantly, for where REDjet flies, a part of the world where satellite tracking solutions like ours are the only way to track and communicate with aircraft, and help ensure people’s safety and asset security.”