The Group is multiplying initiatives on the in-flight position reporting of its aircraft. Air France- KLM is represented in the “Aircraft Tracking” working group, spearheaded by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), and intends to be a key contributor to this project. Under the control of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), this working group is responsible for submitting proposed long-term solutions which are harmonized between governments on the real-time mon- itoring of commercial passenger and cargo aircraft trajectories.
Since 2010, Air France then KLM Royal Dutch Airlines have implemented a particularly high performance tracking system for their aircraft. The aircraft’s precise position is transmitted every ten minutes to the airline’s operational control center (twenty minutes on average for the air transport industry).
In the event of any divergence relative to the planned flight path, the interval for the automated reporting of the aircraft’s position is reduced from ten minutes to one minute. Furthermore, in line with the recommendations of the French authority responsible for safety investi- gations into accidents or incidents in civil aviation (BEA), the Air France fleet is now equipped with ULB (Underwater Locator Beacon) flight recorders (more commonly known as “black boxes”) with 90 days of autonomy (as opposed to the 30 regulatory days) during which aircraft can be located at any time worlwide in the event of immersion. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is currently looking into the installation of similar equipment on its fleet. The Group is also studying the possibility of equipping its aircraft with an improved beacon, which would issue a more-easily-perceptible frequency when under water.