Qatar Airways: GlobalBeacon now live

Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways has officially integrated GlobalBeacon, created by FlightAware and Aireon, into its operations.

GlobalBeacon is now live and ready to provide the airline with global flight tracking, ahead of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Global Aeronautical Distress Safety System (GADSS) recommended timeline.

Qatar Airways has been involved from the start of the product development cycle, participating in beta testing and validation of GlobalBeacon – a technology that exceeds GADSS recommendations for flight tracking, by providing airlines with minute-by-minute position updates for their aircraft at all times, anywhere in the world.

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Chief executive, Qatar Airways Group, HE Akbar Al Baker commented on the new technology: “We are thrilled to be the first airline in the world with a wide network to use space-based ADS-B technology, and we are honoured to collaborate with both FlightAware and Aireon on the development of this solution to achieve the highest level of flight tracking standards that exceed GADSS requirements and recommendations.”

He continued: “As one of the leading airlines in the world, our goal is to consistently deliver the best service to all our customers. GlobalBeacon seamlessly integrates with our existing ICAO 2018 compliant flight watch technology (Total Operations System), and further enhances the safety of our operations and fleet management by providing updates every minute or less. In doing so, this is a testimony to our ever-evolving leadership in the crucial area of aviation safety and awareness.”

With the help of GlobalBeacon, Qatar Airways can now respond proactively in the event of an emergency, facilitating communication between the aircraft operator and the controller with constant fleet monitoring, automated distress alerts and tools that make it easy to share information.