AvFinity’s APIS Connect™ Meets International Needs of Charter Airlines, Bizjets

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AvFinity's APIS Connect™ helps charter carriers and corporate flight departments with infrequent international flights securely and easily comply with Advance Passenger Information programs mandated by many government border authorities.

The AvFinity platform has allowed us to streamline our APIS submissions for both Canada and the U.S. It’s easy to use and the support has been fantastic.

AvFinity®, a global aviation technology leader in high-volume Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) filings, announces the launch of APIS Connect™, a new service developed for low-volume and non-scheduled international carriers and business jet operators.

Flair Airlines Ltd., a charter operator headquartered at Kelowna, B.C., Canada, is among the initial users of AvFinity’s new APIS Connect service. David Atkins, Flair Airline’s director of commercial operations, said: “The AvFinity platform has allowed us to streamline our APIS submissions for both Canada and the U.S. It’s easy to use and the support has been fantastic. The productivity savings have been worth far more than the cost of the service.”

AvFinity designed APIS Connect to facilitate APIS compliance for carriers and corporate flight departments with infrequent international flights. APIS Connect files passenger and crew manifests from almost any source — XML, web browsers and tabular data, including comma-delimited spreadsheets.

The data moves over AvFinity’s high-speed, secure interconnect to government border authorities. Senders receive real-time acknowledgment of the filing’s status if available from the border agency, all the while maintaining complete control of their regulatory requirements.

APIS Connect features all benefits enjoyed by the many airlines that use AvFinity’s high-volume APIS Navigator™ service. The AvFinity APIS Navigator software technology integrates into a large airline’s backend office system and captures and securely transmits passenger information machine to machine. APIS Navigator has been operating continuously since 2010 handling millions of characters of data every day.

AvFinity engineers built that same technological efficiency into APIS Connect. Both services handle data seamlessly. Both enable users to connect directly through a secure, high-speed connection to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), CARICOM and the United Kingdom’s e-Borders.

In addition, both services can automatically modify the data’s format to meet government requirements, both alert the sender if there are common errors and omissions, both send the manifests over a secure connection to the targeted government border agency, and both return acknowledgments in real time from border authorities that report status.

And both options move air carriers and business jet operators away from inefficient, unreliable and non-secure e-mail and costly legacy messaging providers.

“Just as AvFinity’s APIS Navigator meets the needs of the largest airlines, APIS Connect works within the existing operational structures of smaller airlines and business jet operators so they can file APIS securely without capital investment in new systems,” said Paul Shreve, AvFinity vice president of sales and marketing. “With smaller airlines, the ability to handle huge volumes of data isn’t as important as a process that integrates existing systems while helping them fulfill their regulatory obligations.”

For more information on APIS Connect, APIS Navigator and AvFinity’s full suite of services visit http://www.avfinity.com.

About AvFinity:
AvFinity makes aviation communications and integration consistent and reliable. AvFinity has multiple communications solutions including ÆON™ AIRS™ and ÆON Cloud™. These products provide solutions that are proven through hundreds of thousands of hours of continuous 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.

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