AvFinity's Numerous Government Connections Help Airlines Meet Multiple APIS Requirements

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Airlines with international routes use AvFinity’s APIS Navigator for efficient, cost-effective, assured filings of passenger and crew manifests to government border authorities in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and CARICOM.

AvFinity's mastery of how to use web technology to lower the APIS cost structure while maintaining the high level of secure communications required between airlines and governments is a key to aviation's success in the 21st century.

AvFinity recently added the UK Border Agency’s e-Borders program to its array of direct connections for advance passenger information. The UK becomes AvFinity’s fourth different government border-authority connection for airline filings of passenger and crew manifests.

Advance Passenger Information Systems (APIS) are part of the evolving global aviation security practices that help governments maximize protection of their borders. Existing airline IT infrastructures must communicate with these different APIS platforms—an effort that often can consume significant time and investment.

AvFinity’s APIS Navigator™ service simplifies the APIS process. It allows existing airline IT infrastructures to communicate with various APIS authorities with minimal development time and investment. Those benefits are a major reason increasingly more commercial, charter and cargo airlines are choosing the AvFinity® patented software technology, its APIS Navigator™ service and its growing direct connections to vital government border authorities for their APIS needs.

AvFinity’s APIS Navigator routes, formats, and manages flight-critical APIS passenger and crew manifests in an efficient, cost-effective, and reliable manner. Through its powerful ÆON™ platform, the AvFinity’s APIS Navigator service is available via both an appliance (AIRS™) and a virtual machine, including the ÆON Cloud™ network option.

ÆON works with all existing communication protocols. Importantly, it complements the assured message delivery capabilities of the IBM WebSphere MQ connection that is becoming the worldwide de-facto APIS communications protocol.

AvFinity’s leading edge technology has the added benefit of helping airlines control variable pre-departure operating costs.

“APIS filings now become a lower and flat monthly fee for the carrier,” says Paul Shreve, AvFinity vice president for marketing and sales. “AvFinity's mastery of how to use web technology to lower the APIS cost structure while maintaining the high level of secure communications required between airlines and governments is a key to aviation's success in the 21st century.”

Global airlines use AvFinity’s APIS Navigator to connect directly to:

  • The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP): AvFinity is an authorized pre-departure message provider for passenger (both APIS Quick Query and batch) and crew manifests.
  • The new Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) API/PNR initiative: Airlines that use AvFinity to file in Canada receive all the assured message delivery benefits of a WebSphere MQ protocol connection without shouldering CBSA’s mandatory connection fee or its annual cost required to maintain the individual MQ connection. The AvFinity solution saves an international airline with Canadian flights thousands of dollars a year in direct connection costs alone.
  • The United Kingdom’s e-Borders: AvFinity’s direct connection to e-Borders enables European, Caribbean and North American scheduled air carriers to comply with their obligations under the UK’s advance passenger information program.
  • CARICOM: Multiple airlines use AvFinity’s direct connection to file advance passenger information when flying to a member island of the Caribbean Community.

In addition to providing a direct connection, AvFinity’s Engineering and Support Staff also helps guide airlines through all phases of a government’s requirements including certification, testing and live service.

AvFinity’s APIS Navigator includes record checking to help prevent rejection of filings as well as format conversion when needed. AvFinity’s unique, patent-pending scripting engine can create many other customizations.

These AvFinity APIS Navigator product features reduce incidences of airlines' common data errors that could lead to government fines.

Visit the AvFinity web site at http://www.avfinity.com for additional details on how APIS Navigator and other AvFinity services can help make airlines' communications more efficient without impacting their existing IT infrastructure.

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. For more information on all AvFinity’s services, visit http://www.avfinity.com.

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