Airbus' air traffic management subsidiary Airbus ProSky has joined forces with flight-tracking company Flightradar24 to develop a new flight-tracking tool called AirFlight.
ProSky will make use of Flightradar24's aircraft positional data along with other aircraft data and sources of information for the development of the technology.
The tool is aimed at helping airlines increase their predictability and efficiency for approaches and is expected to help aircraft operators upgrade their fleets.
According to Airbus, AirFlight will be useful in developing an Airport Collaborative Decision Making (A-CDM) platform. Data from the platform will be shared with airports and air navigation services providers for better flow management and airport logistics.
Airbus ProSky general manager Sebastien Borel said: "Knowing precisely where aircraft are - and where and when they will be anywhere - brings major benefits to the entire aviation community: to the operators, of course, but also to airports and air navigation services providers especially in the context of international flights, when surveillance data is not available or not shared.
"AirFlight is meant to tackle three major items: provide flight tracking as required by the authorities, optimise airlines operations with statistical data on fuel, holding, and airport taxi situations, and provide a base for A-CDM with reliable information on airport demand and arrival time.
Flightradar24 provides passengers with real-time info about aircraft around the world on Android devices.
The firm uses a technology called automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) for tracking the flights. Around 60% of all passenger aircraft around the world are equipped with an ADS-B transponder, according to Flightradar24.
Flightradar24 business strategy and development head Philip Plantholt said: "We are pleased to partner with Airbus ProSky to offer our real-time positional data for aircraft to an even larger audience of professional users and thereby help to optimise the complex flight operation environment."
Image: AirFlight will help airlines increase their predictability and efficiency for approaches. Photo: courtesy of PIGEYRE Pascal - MasterFilms/Airbus.