Enhanced Flight-Tracking Capabilities

Robust Flight-Tracker Software
Delivers Real-Time Intuitive Fleet Monitoring

The latest Flight Explorer release, among many new capabilities, includes Fleet Monitor, a feature that gives airlines a single view of their aircraft in real time for optimal situational awareness. It also enables airlines to set up tailored monitoring and alerting according to user-defined thresholds, as well as includes beacon technology that, when combined with Fleet Monitor’s alerting capabilities, allow for immediate action in emergency situations.

Last September, Sabre introduced enhanced capabilities to Sabre AirCentre Flight Explorer, the industry’s No. 1 flight-tracking software. Airlines have already begun using the innovative new features in the latest software release, which provides real-time data to enable accurate decision-making in flight operations.

The flagship feature, Fleet Monitor, builds on existing airport- and flight-monitoring capabilities to provide airlines a comprehensive dashboard view of their entire fleet.

The airline industry has recently placed increased focus on flight tracking. In November 2014, the ICAO’s Aircraft Tracking Task Force (ATTF) released a set of recommendations to improve global aircraft-tracking capabilities. The flight-tracking software is a critical component of the recommendations, and Sabre has partnered with airlines to enhance capabilities and ensure compliance of the latest release of Sabre AirCentre Flight Explorer.

The new Fleet Monitor feature also gives airlines the ability to set up customized monitoring and alerting based on user-defined thresholds. For example, if a plane goes off route or doesn’t report its position within a few minutes, the airline will be alerted and escalation can begin instantly. 

Maintaining Situational Awareness

JetBlue Airways relies on Flight Explorer to continuously maintain situational awareness, including en route weather, ATC constraints and flight-performance information. The user-friendly interface provides critical data in a single view.

“With its user-friendly interface, our crewmembers use Flight Explorer to maintain situational awareness at all times with en route weather, ATC constraints, flight-performance information and more, all layered seamlessly on one screen,” said Emir Radoncic, manager of dispatch support for JetBlue Airways. “To date, we are very pleased with the reliability of Flight Explorer.”

With the recent addition of ground-based ADS-B position data, airlines will now receive emergency transponder beacon codes in Flight Explorer. The beacon technology, coupled with the alerting capabilities in Fleet Monitor, allow for immediate action in emergency situations.

“As part of our strategy and commitment to provide our airline customers with intuitive flight-management solutions, Flight Explorer delivers actionable, real-time information at the key moment of decision making,” said Kamal Qatato, vice president of Sabre AirCentre, which provides software for airline operations. “With Fleet Monitor and other improvements in this release, airlines can manage their fleet by exception and achieve streamlined efficient flight management.”

Top airlines around the world use Sabre AirCentre Flight Explorer to track their fleet, identify weather and irregular operations, and as a centerpiece in their operations control. This new release, with its intuitive fleet monitoring and alerting, sets the standard for airlines looking to comply with and exceed ATTF recommendations. 

Sabre continuously invests in Flight Explorer and will be taking a deeper dive into what’s next for the flight tracking industry in the next issue of Ascend.