Airlines Use AvFinity to Comply With Canada’s New API/PNR Program

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Airlines file APIS manifests to Canada through AvFinity to enjoy more secure, efficient and robust IP-based data communications and avoid the challenges and cost of legacy aviation messaging systems.

Airlines access CBSA API acknowledgments through AvFinity’s secure web portal. Authorized airline personnel can check that manifests have been sent and received in real time.

AvFinity, an aviation expert on data communications and integration, enables regional and global airlines to comply with advance passenger and crew data now required by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) for all flights entering Canada’s air space.

CBSA’s recently launched Advance Passenger Information/Passenger Name Record (API/PNR) program performs a risk assessment of travelers before they enter Canada rather than when they arrive.

The CBSA API/PNR program also updates communications technology requirements for airlines. The system moves away from legacy analog messaging methods such as the Type B format toward more secure, efficient and robust IP-based data communications.

Airline customers file APIS manifests to Canada through AvFinity using both its ÆON™ AIRS™ and ÆON™ Cloud (VM). These products feature the message non-repudiation capabilities of the IBM WebSphere MQ communications protocol.

Data communications experts at AvFinity achieved qualification as a CBSA API/PNR service provider in autumn 2011. To date, AvFinity has assisted several airlines in gaining certification for API manifest filings with the CBSA API/PNR program.

AvFinity also is an authorized pre-departure message provider with direct connections to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for APIS and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for its Secure Flight program. AvFinity also maintains a direct connection to CARICOM for APIS filings with its Caribbean island members.

“The airlines we work with have been very pleased with CBSA’s technology switch,” Ben Newcomb, AvFinity senior systems engineer, said.    “CBSA has introduced unique new features to its API/PNR program that help track manifests. For instance, for each submission, CBSA returns acknowledgment or rejection notices to Avfinity and we, in turn, make them available to the airlines.”

Airlines access these acknowledgments and rejections through AvFinity’s secure web portal. Authorized airline personnel can check that manifests have been sent and received in real time before releasing flights. These messages also serve as proof of receipt for airlines.

Any airline that is non-compliant with the CBSA API/PNR program is subject to financial penalties. To reduce errors, the AvFinity system also provides multiple API checks that identify common mistakes made by airlines such as an expired passport or missing data. These checks allow airlines to make revisions before submission.

For more on how an airline can comply with CBSA API/PNR, as well as APIS programs with US CBP and CARICOM, visit the AvFinity APIS Navigator web site.

About AvFinity: AvFinity makes aviation communications and integration consistent and reliable. AvFinity has multiple communications solutions including ÆON™ AIRS™—the AvFinity software technology residing on an industry-standard Cisco router—and ÆON Cloud—a VM. ÆON products, built by an engineering team with more than a century of combined aviation messaging experience, provide solutions that are proven through hundreds of thousands of hours of operation in actual flight environments. ÆON products support all communications types and protocols while easily handling the frequent changes and additions to messaging and communications systems that airlines experience. Because of its standards-based design, ÆON is implemented quickly and without impact to a carrier’s existing IT infrastructure. For more information on all AvFinity’s services, visit our web site.

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