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Singapore, Singapore, 2009/05/21 - Airlines who fly into China can now send their required APIS (Advance Passenger Information System) data through the ARINC AviNet® global aviation network, as an alternative to the single provider previously available.
The new electronic APIS (eAPIS) service is made possible by a recent agreement between ARINC Incorporated and Travelsky, China’s primary provider of information technology solutions for the air travel and tourism industries.
Many countries including China have recently enacted APIS regulations for commercial airlines and vessel operators. These carriers are required to forward names of inbound passengers and crew members well before actual arrival to immigration authorities of the destination state. Electronic APIS (eAPIS) messages can be sent conveniently and automatically by airline computers at the time of check-in.
Randy Pizzi, Vice President and Managing Director of ARINC’s Asia Pacific Division, said ARINC’s new eAPIS service is a breakthrough that underscores the company’s commitment to aviation in China. “Border security is a growing area of concern everywhere, and our new partnership with Travelsky in China will immediately benefit the aviation industry through a cost-efficient choice of APIS service providers. For the long term, we intend to offer our aviation industry customers in China an even wider spectrum of security, communications, and support services.”
ARINC’s AviNet Network delivers cost-effective and reliable communications in more than 200 countries and territories. The ARINC eAPIS message service offers very high reliability through a design based on IBM Websphere MQ™ technology, with multiple network nodes in geographically dispersed locations. It is similar in nature to an e-mail system, but tailored to the specific messaging needs of the airline industry.
ARINC Incorporated (arinc.com), a portfolio company of The Carlyle Group, provides communications, engineering and integration solutions for commercial, defense and government customers worldwide. Headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland with regional headquarters in London and Singapore, ARINC is ISO 9001certified.