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Airlines look for ways to swiftly adopt aircraft tracking system after MH370 disappearance

Published on Jun 3, 2014 12:39 AM

DOHA (Reuters) - Mystified by the loss of Malaysian jetliner MH370, some airlines will not wait for an industrywide solution to keeping track of their aircraft flights in real time, provided products are offered at the right price, industry executives said on Monday.

The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 almost three months ago has prompted calls for real-time tracking of planes and even continuous streaming of black box data. "It must not happen again," Mr Tony Tyler, director general of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said at its annual meeting in Doha on Monday.

IATA, which brings together over 200 airlines accounting for 84 per cent of the world's air traffic, is planning to put aircraft tracking proposals to the United Nations' International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) in September, which in turn says a standard could be in place in two to three years.

However, individual airlines could move sooner than that, Mr Tyler said. "It is the sort of issue where before regulations actually start to bite, airlines will already have made arrangements, they aren't going to wait," he told Reuters on the sidelines of the meeting.

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