Emirates, the global airline and travel company, has released flight data for a month.
Emirates CEO Mohamed bin Hammam said it had been downloaded “in real time” for over two years, but was now “the most valuable piece of information that we can have”.
The data was collected by Emirates’ global network of aircraft owners, who work with the company to track the performance of the aircraft.
Emirates says its flights data is “100% accurate and reliable”.
The data is available on Emirates’ website, which also contains a “Flight Radar” app and a searchable database of flight times, times between stops and more.
This data has been collected from Emirates’ flights, Emirates’ aircraft owners and Emirates flight attendants, Emirates said in a statement.
It is “comparable in value to the data that the private airline industry has in its possession,” it said.
The information was collected “in Real Time”, Emirates said.
The company says the data was “included in the aircraft database and does not appear to be in the hands of any third parties”.
“In addition, we do not retain the flight data on a permanent basis, nor do we sell it for financial gain,” the statement said.
The data has become “the world’s most valuable source of flight data”.
Its “real-time data provides flight schedules, flight status and information about cabin conditions, cabin crew, equipment, flight attendants and aircraft type”.
This information is “highly useful for pilots, flight crews and passengers who are interested in the latest flight information”.
While it has “great value”, the data has “no commercial value and does NOT reflect Emirates’ financial performance”, Emirates told Business Insider.
But the company is not alone in its efforts to share the data.
Delta, United, Air France, Singapore Airlines, JetBlue and others have all released their own data.
This year, the airline said it would “offer customers the chance to share their flight data” with other carriers.
In a statement, Emirates called the data “an extremely valuable resource”.
“For Emirates to provide this service to our customers, we have to do what it takes to ensure that the data we collect and transmit are accurate and consistent,” it wrote.
“It’s no secret that we have been working with flight data suppliers for the past three years to build a complete and accurate database of our aircraft data.”
“As a result, we are proud to be able to share with our customers this information in real time, with a level of transparency that is unparalleled.”
Read more about the Emirates data release here.