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Malaysia Airlines becomes first to track planes with satellites

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Malaysia Airlines — which lost a jetliner with 239 people on board in 2014 in one of aviation’s greatest mysteries — has become the first carrier to adopt a satellite flight-tracking system.

The airline will use a soon-to-be-launched satellite network to monitor its fleet in areas where there is currently no surveillance, including polar regions and remote areas of the oceans, BBC reported.

“Real-time global aircraft tracking has long been a goal of the aviation community. We are proud to be the first airline to adopt this solution,” Malaysia Airlines Chief Operating Officer Izham Ismail said in a statement to Bloomberg.

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The airline reached a deal for the service provided by US-based Aireon, FlightAware and SITAONAIR.

Planes deviating from a flight path will be able to be identified more quickly with the system, SITAONAIR’s portfolio director Paul Gibson told the BBC.

This article originally appeared in the New York Post.