British firm to offer 'global tracking service' for planes

British firm Inmarsat has offered to provide a free global airline tracking service saying "In the wake of the loss of MH370, we believe this is simply the right thing to do."

British firm to offer free tracking service for planes. Credit: REUTERS/Greg Wood/Pool

Analysis of data from Inmarsat and the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch in March showed the Malaysian Airlines plane crashed in the southern Indian Ocean.

Inmarsat said it will provide the service for the 11,000 airliners which already use its satellite connection, which makes up almost all passenger aircraft in use.

Inmarsat will also offer more accurate position reporting of in-flight aircraft and a 'cloud computing' service for real-time and historic flight data, in anticipation of a summit this week on how to improve aircraft tracking.