Pinnacle Uses the AvFinity Integrated Router Solution For Efficient APIS Filings of Flight Crew Manifests

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Pinnacle Airlines and its subsidiary Colgan Air file pre-departure and -arrival flight crew manifests using the AvFinity Integrated Router Solution (AIRS). With AIRS, Pinnacle enjoys an efficient and secure means of Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) compliance with the added bonus of advanced features like data checking, backend integration and real-time message monitoring.

Customers install AIRS with no changes to existing backend systems or data. AIRS’ advanced features allow customers to simplify messaging among disparate systems as well as solve recurring or unique messaging problems.

Pinnacle Airlines Corp. has selected the AvFinity Integrated Router Solution™ (AIRS™) as its messaging system for filing pre-arrival and –departure flight crew manifest data with government border authorities.

Pinnacle uses AIRS for crew filings for its international flights as well as those operated by its subsidiary, Colgan Air, Inc. AIRS is a single appliance that enables AvFinity's APIS Navigator™. This service securely submits manifest data for flight crews and passengers on international flights.

All U.S. airlines with international routes are required by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to follow Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) requirements prior to leaving and entering the country. Airlines comply by filing manifests through one of two methods—the batch APIS method or the APIS Quick Query (AQQ). AvFinity is a CBP-certified pre-departure APIS vendor for both options.

AIRS, which features the efficiency of AvFinity’s unique patent-pending software technology functioning on a Cisco Integrated Services Router, provides seamless integration into the airline’s backend system to retrieve manifest data. This feature saves time, labor and possible fines by allowing the airline customer to pass its UN/EDIFACT manifests to the AIRS software for format verification before transmitting them to CBP.

The AvFinity software technology will reject incorrectly formatted APIS manifests (for example missing nationality, employment code or document number) back to the airline for correction before the incomplete message can reach CBP servers. Avoiding these kinds of errors maximizes on-time efficiency and saves possible fines.

AIRS airline customers can utilize AvFinity’s secure direct connection to the CBP server for filing or they can use the AIRS proven software to facilitate APIS submissions if they maintain their own connection.

Customers install AIRS with no changes to existing backend systems or data. AIRS’ advanced features allow customers to simplify messaging among disparate systems as well as solve recurring or unique messaging problems. AIRS is interoperable with all communications products including IBM WebSphere MQ, the de facto protocol for flight-critical messaging because of its built-in non-repudiation of messages. AIRS can deploy either WebSphere MQ client or server, depending on customers’ needs.

Another benefit of APIS Navigator™ powered by AIRS™ is that the customer can monitor the messages in real time through a web-based interface.

Pinnacle also is working with AvFinity to be among the first U.S. airlines to file manifests with the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA). AvFinity has completed AIRS testing on the CBSA system and is awaiting approval from Canadian authorities for filing Pinnacle and Colgan manifests.

About Pinnacle: Pinnacle Airlines Corp., an airline holding company, is the parent company of Pinnacle Airlines, Inc.; Colgan Air, Inc.; and Mesaba Aviation, Inc. Pinnacle Airlines, Inc. operates a fleet of 142 regional jets as Delta Connection in the United States, Canada, the Bahamas, Mexico, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Turks and Caicos Islands. Colgan Air, Inc. operates a fleet of 55 regional turboprops as Continental Connection, United Express and US Airways Express in the eastern United States and Canada, Texas and Louisiana. Mesaba Aviation, Inc. operates a fleet of 60 regional jets and 28 jet-prop aircraft as Delta Connection in the United States and Canada. Pinnacle Airlines Corp. operating subsidiaries fly 285 aircraft on more than 1,650 daily flights to 182 cities and towns in North America. The corporate headquarters is located in Memphis, Tenn. Airport hub operations are located in Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Newark, Washington Dulles, Houston, Memphis, Minneapolis and Salt Lake City. Visit http://www.pncl.com for more information.

About AvFinity: AvFinity makes aviation communications and integration consistent and reliable. AvFinity has multiple communications solutions including AIRS™--the AvFinity software technology residing on an industry-standard Cisco router. AIRS, built by a product team with a century of combined aviation messaging experience, provides solutions that are proven through thousands of hours of operation in actual flight environments. In addition, AIRS is flexible enough to support all communications types and protocols while easily handling the frequent changes and additions to messaging and communications systems that carriers experience. Because of its standards-based design, AIRS is implemented quickly and without any impact to a carrier’s existing IT infrastructure. For more information on all AvFinity’s services, visit http://www.avfinity.com.

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