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IATA Resolution 753 White Paper | Download your copy todayThere are just weeks left before IATA Resolution 753 comes into force, and around the aviation industry, there are still some who are not prepared for the most stringent regulations yet in the area of baggage handling.

It is hoped that the new baggage tracking regulations will dramatically reduce instances of baggage mishandling, yet will provide greater opportunities for reuniting baggage that does still get mishandled.

Rockwell Collins has produced a White Paper this month, which is available for free download here.

The paper outlines key points that airport operators may want to consider, such as:

  • The impact on airport operations
  • Challenges to face with implementation
  • Who is ultimately responsible
  • How to prepare operations to ensure compliance

Rockwell Collins is able to assist operators with solutions to help them remain fully compliant with IATA Resolution 753, while making sure that a cost-efficient solution is in place.

Baggage handling is an area of aviation travel that has suffered over recent years, and this has led IATA to review best practices and introduce a standard that is designed to track each piece of passenger baggage at multiple checkpoints throughout the journey.

Scrutiny of Global Flight Tracking Standards | Business Aviation NewsSince the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 in March 2014, the aviation industry has held global flight tracking standards under close scrutiny, led by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

ICAO want to have global flight tracking standardised, with positioning reporting at 15-minute intervals under normal flight conditions, and reporting every minute for aircraft under ‘distress’ conditions. The body authorised by the UN, overseers of aviation safety in this respect, has asked that these conditions be mandatory by the end of 2018.

ICAO is working with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to ensure, through simulations, that the proposed tracking standard is possible in what they deem to be ‘real-world conditions’.

The technology is already in place to determine safe and reliable flight tracking on a global scale. Providers of flight tracking systems and aircraft communications, such as Rockwell Collins’ ARINC AviNet, rely on a robust system architecture, and multiple data sources, to deliver accurate aircraft positioning via Inmarsat satellite communications.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) have announced plans for a ‘New Distribution Capability’ (NDC) which involves the sharing of social media profiles for a better shopping experience for passengers.  NDC will offer personalized booking through a user-friendly platform that is content and image-rich, enabling passengers to book ‘extras’, such as Wi-Fi, comfortable seats or even a chauffeur service to and from the airport, based upon their preferences according to social media profiling.

Passengers, of course, will also have the opportunity to shop anonymously and IATA promise all the usual privacy assurances, but there are still some who are skeptical about sharing such information – especially as some companies who act as middlemen for bookings, such as Amadeus or Travelport may find their roles significantly diminished.

Social Media profiling is huge stuff in today’s marketplace, offering comsumers flexibility, if you don’t mind sharing your information and preferences and offering business massive marketing opportunities.

IATA are excited about the new proposed NDC and have been singing its praises at the group’s 69th AGM in Cape Town this week.  There is a lot of support for NDC and more than a little controversy, but much agreement universally that the face of buying airline travel and the way airlines, travel agencies and associated services work and interact would change enormously.

IATA have released a video to explain more about NDC… See it here...