ADS-B Now Available In Sabre AirCentre Flight Explorer
SOUTHLAKE, Texas, Jan. 1, 2015- Sabre Corporation has enhanced its Sabre AirCentre® Flight Explorer solution using Planefinder to obtain additional information about airlines’ flight positions from a new tracking system used for aircraft surveillance, part of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen).
Planefinder receives Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast System (ADS-B) feeds used by commercial and private planes to transmit their name, position, call sign, status and more. Sabre’s Flight Explorer has expanded its flight-tracking capabilities globally, particularly in Europe, Asia Pacific, and Central and South America where coverage may have been previously limited to proprietary flight data.
The airline industry is moving from a ground-based radar system to the more reliable ADS-B tracking system, which in the future will be satellite-based. ADS-B data enables airlines to track their most valuable assets, passengers, crew, and fleet with increased situational awareness, reduce traffic delays and therefore increase fuel and time efficiency.
“As part of our continued commitment to innovate, it’s important that we stay on the forefront of adopting and making available the latest in data and technology,” said Kamal Qatato. ”Working with Planefinder has enabled Sabre to enhance our Flight Explorer solution with a new ADS-B data source. By augmenting our set of real-time data, we continue to ensure our customers’ decision quality and decision confidence.”
Swiss International Air Lines uses Flight Explorer and the ADS-B data feeds and believes it has made a significant difference in their flight operations. “With the new ADS-B location feature in Flight Explorer we are able to precisely track the location of our entire fleet,” Eric Nantier, senior manager, Operations Research and ATM, Swiss International Air Lines. “This gives us a better situational awareness within the operation which enables us to actively steer our aircraft from the ground with the most accurate and current information. It has become a very important tool in our operational steering and optimization process and has the potential for great time and fuel savings.”
Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR) is a leading technology provider to the global travel and tourism industry. Sabre’s software, data, mobile and distribution solutions are used by hundreds of airlines and thousands of hotel properties to manage critical operations, such as passenger and guest reservations, revenue management, and flight, network and crew management. Sabre® also operates a leading global travel marketplace, processing over $100 billion of estimated travel spend in 2013 by connecting travel suppliers to their most valued customers, the business traveler. Headquartered in Southlake, Texas, USA, Sabre operates offices in approximately 60 countries around the world.
At Planefinder our passions are global aircraft tracking and helping to improve air traffic control safety. Sabre is the ideal partner because of their best-in-class solutions that help airlines maximize efficiencies in route planning while equipping pilots and flight followers with the best real-time in-flight information to aid in making optimal flight decisions,” said Mark Daniels, COO at planefinder.net.