'Impressive success' for trial of web access tool

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – 11 November 2003 – The first trial of a prototype web-service has been used over 10,000 times by travellers checking flight status information at Geneva International Airport.

.aero moving forward in the IP world

Traditionally the air transport community has had rigid standards for inter-system communications pinned to the underlying centralized network. However with advent of IP communications over the Internet fast becoming the de facto standards for business to business transactions and as the community begins to embrace this new technology, the absence of well defined standards restricts the flexibility and scalability of the solution.

A new approach to airline communications.

Once again, technology is about to change the way we communicate. We will be able to contact each other via any network or appliance, routing calls via the Internet rather than the fixed line phone network. This will offer the air transport community opportunities to cut costs and enhance operational effectiveness. Dr. John C.

DNSSec set to change the landscape

In ‘News from .aero’ issue 10, we discussed the work that was being done to provide greater security for domain access through the security protocol DNS Security Extensions – otherwise known as DNSSec. Eight months on, progress may be tentative, but the landscape is changing.

DNSSec is one of those abbreviations that insiders understand, but which all too easily causes confusion and concern for others. However, it is a subject that all those involved in domain management and Internet operations need to understand.

DNSSec Workshop explores future air transport usage

The air transport community increasingly relies on the Internet to transmit business messages, yet the risk that a message will be altered when passed between servers ranks high among the top security challenges faced by the Internet's domain name system.

This is one of the conclusions made in a pre-publication issue of  Signposts in Cyberspace , a new study from the US-based National Academies Press1. The same study recommends that the Internet community focuses on implementing DNSSec.

Domain hijacking - be prepared

The International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) recently published a report on "domain hijacking" and its consequences. It should be essential reading for all .aero domain owners.

The report, "Domain Name Hijacking: Incidents, Threats, Risks, and Remedial Actions", provides a succinct summary of the definition and risks of domain hijacking:

FAA airport codes in .aero currently under review

As .aero has developed, the awareness of airport three letter location identifiers as shortcuts for pilots, travelers and other industry professionals has also increased.

Current .aero registration policy allows the reservation and registration of IATA-assigned location identifiers for this purpose but most airports in the US know the code as their three letter location identifiers as assigned by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) – and these are not always the same as the IATA codes.

Flight status service leads to new standards

In June SITA completed the trial of a new flight status service operated in collaboration with Geneva International Airport. The service received very positive feedback from users.

As part of the pilot operation, a cross-sector task force has developed a policy to guide the registration and use of domain names needed to operate such services. This policy will ensure that future similar services can be operated by multiple providers yet retain the consistency so much needed by the traveling public.

Geneva International Airport trials new web access tool during ITU Telecom

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – 9th October 2003 – Travellers using Geneva International Airport are the first to be offered the use of a new prototype web-service to check their flight status. The pilot programme is timed to take place throughout the prestigious ITU Telecom World 2003, 12th-18th October.

Jean-Pierre Jobin, Director General, Geneva International Airport, comments; "This is the first trial of the new .aero shortcuts anywhere in the world.

How .aero can help leverage the benefits of removing paper tickets

On 31 December 2007, the deadline will be kept – and IATA's current issuance of 300 million tickets a year will become history.

Within little more than 400 days, there will no longer be industry standards for the use of paper tickets. IATA will cease to issue them. Travel agents will no longer be able to provide them. IATA's Billing Settlement Plans will no longer process paper tickets. No compromise. No slippage.