Inmarsat has offered to provide for free a global airline tracking service to all 11,000 commercial passenger aircraft already equipped with an Inmarsat satellite connection and this accounts for almost 100% of the world's long-haul commercial fleet.
A press statement by the London-based provider of global mobile satellite communications services said it had already given the proposal this May to the International Civil Aviation Organization in Montreal.
The offer comes in the wake of the loss of Mh370 which, until now, still has to be found in spite weeks of intensive and extensive search participated in by planes and ships from several nations.
It said Inmarsat has also offered an enhanced position reporting facility to support reduced inflight aircraft separation and a "black box in the cloud" service.
The statement said such technologies can be implemented immediately on all ocean-going commercial aircraft using equipment already installed.
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