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Malaysia Airlines has signed up to track planes by satellite after the MH370 disappearance


Malaysia Airlines captured the world's attention after flight MH370 disappeared in 2014 with 239 people on board. 

Now it seems to be taking steps to make sure that tragedy never repeats itself. It's the first airline to sign up for a new service that will track its entire fleet by satellites, CNN Money reports. The satellites will track planes anywhere in the world, including "oceanic, polar and remote regions."

Real-time global aircraft tracking has long been a goal of the aviation community. We are proud to be the first airline to adopt this solution.
Capt. Izham Ismail, Malaysia Airlines COO

The system, a partnership with Aireon, FlightAware and SITAONAIR, is set to come online in 2018.  It will let participating airlines know exactly where an airplane is at all times and where it's headed. 

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In this photo released Friday Sept. 16, 2016, by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) staff examine a piece of aircraft debris at their laboratory in Canberra, Australia, July. 20, 2016. The flap was found in June by residents on Pemba Island off the coast of Tanzania and officials had previously said it was highly likely to have come from flight MH370. An analysis by experts at the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, which is heading up the search for the plane, subsequently confirmed the part was indeed from the missing Boeing 777 aircraft, the agency said in a statement. (Photo/ATSB via AP)

MH370 was never found despite almost three years of searching. Hundreds of millions of dollars were spent to try and find the plane, which disappeared over the Indian Ocean. Only pieces of the plane were ever found. 

Captain Peter Moore is silhouetted against the southern Indian Ocean aboard a Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion aircraft during a search operation of the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, over the south Indian Ocean, Thursday, March 27, 2014. Planes and ships searching for debris suspected of being from the downed Malaysia Airlines jetliner failed to find any Thursday before bad weather cut their hunt short in a setback that came as Thailand said its satellite had spotted even more suspect objects. (AP Photo/Michael Martina, Pool)

The system would update its data on the planes every minute, far more frequently than the international standard of once every 15 minutes (or once a minute if the plane is in distress).

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