Why Legacy Messaging Distorts Airline Costs

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From a cost standpoint, airlines today are squeezed three ways.

  • They have flight-related costs tied to volatile fuel prices, crews and aircraft maintenance.
  • They have passenger-related costs that vary with the number of passengers–a number that today can drop precipitously through the spread of contagious diseases and the after effects of natural disasters like volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis.
  • And there are also the fixed implementation costs associated with any business.

Airlines have a desperate need to control costs in every sector of their business.More ...

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Solving the Babel of Aviation Communications Issues

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In an effort to gain a cost or efficiency advantage—even for the short-term—different airlines and government agencies continue to adopt different IT solutions. This approach has led to a babel of communication protocols, diverse message formats and disparate network systems. To access this scene of confusion, airlines must rely on a combination of legacy and more modern IT architectures as well as legacy Type B and more modern (TCP/IP) messaging suppliers.

The result is daily challenges to an ...

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Airline Alliance OPEN Communications Hubs Implementations

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In today’s climate of airline alliances and mergers, airlines need to make communications changes at a moment’s notice. Achieving that flexibility once meant throwing the problem to a costly team of developers or a legacy provider. Today, airlines can use AIRS’ patent-pending scripting innovation and get instant results on their own.

An example is a North American regional airline that recently needed to send messages in a new address format to its legacy airline partner. With ...

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AvFinity is connected to Canada Border Services Agency’s API PNR PUSH ahead of major airlines!

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AvFinity has completed testing and is now authorized to submit Passenger and Crew manifest data (API and PNR) to the Canada Border Services Agency ahead of the major airlines.

Do you need help connecting to Canada’s new PNR Push program for submitting your APIS manifest data? Cargo and Charter flights are an immediate fit for the AvFinity PNR Push solution. The deadline for moving to the new PNR Push program is December 2011.

Contact AvFinity today for ...

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Why use an OPEN Communication Hub

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AIRS is now installed in about 50% of the regional airlines in North America. Many of these airlines are codeshare partners of major airlines.

AvFinity is currently introducing its Open Communication Hub that addresses the need for simplification, knowledge transfer and collaboration within the logical framework of a major airline and its code-share partners.

With the OPEN Communication Hub, AvFinity simplifies host-to-host and outstation-to-host messaging, data and application communications.

The solution is designed to ...

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3 Key Challenges to ‘Open’ Airline Messaging

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We’re often asked: “What makes AvFinity unique among aviation messaging companies?

We think three qualities stand out that make us stand out in an industry that has long been offered limited choices.

  1. We simplify things: Our communications experts have spent years deconstructing the aviation messaging system in order to better understand its legacy roots and how it functions through today’s cutting edge technologies. As a result of those efforts, we have developed software technology that enables each airline to control its own ...
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Breaking the lock-in of legacy airline messaging

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At a recent IT Summit held in Brussels, Jaan Albrecht, CEO of the STAR Alliance, highlighted one of the aviation industry’s major problems: Type B – a legacy messaging protocol. What became obvious from his message is that airlines need to escape from the lock-in to this type of legacy messaging.

Every day, airlines seek to improve and modernize their communications and messaging systems. The most appropriate way forward is to migrate from legacy proprietary systems and toward adoption of ...

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AvFinity AIRS Adds Air Wisconsin To List of APIS Customers

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Air Wisconsin, the largest privately held regional airline in the U.S., has joined the growing ranks of carriers that have implemented AIRS™ to manage Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) filings for international flights.

AvFinity is an authorized U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) pre-departure message provider. We designed AIRS so that it provides airlines with connectivity to CBP, CARICOM and soon to the Canada ...

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AvFinity’s AIRS APIS Solution Helps a Regional Airline Avoid Costly Fines

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Recently a regional airline was faced with numerous USCBP (United States Customs and Border Protection) fines because of their legacy email method for filing APIS manifests. The airline’s email filing method did not have sufficient checks and balances on the manifests, which caused around three million dollars in USCBP fines to accumulate against the airline.

Fortunately the airline was aware of the issues with the current APIS manifest submission method and had been in contact with AvFinity about our ...

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