Societe Internationale de Telecommunications Aeriennes -
Is an IATA telex system linking airlines.
IATA addresses consist of 7 letters -
XXXYYZZ, where XXX is the 3 letter code of the airport -
YY is the internal (company or airline) department -
ZZ, is the two letter airline code -
As an example - EZEOOAR is the address for
- Buenos Aires Ezeiza Airport
- Is flight operations desk (internal address for Aerolineas)
- Is the designator for Aerolineas Argentinas...
If I want to send a message to our Aerolineas address in Madrid,
I type: MADOOAR -
Madrid, operations, Aerolineas Argentinas...
If I want to send a message to our Aerolineas maintenance in Miami,
I type: MIAMXAR
Miami, maintenance, Aerolineas...
What are SITA messages used for:
Airline communications, passengers lists, sending flight plans, schedule info, delays, departure/arrival messages, anything that deals with commercial operations of the airlines...
There is another telex system (besides SITA) in use...
The AFTN system (Aeronautical Fixed Telecommunications Network) -
This is organized by ICAO - not IATA
The address consists of 8 letters -
XXXXYYZZ - XXXX being the 4 letter ICAO code of the station,
YYZZ is an internal designator (or department) of a service...
AFTN is used for communications between ATC or Gov't aviation entities -
Such as ATC Gander Oceanic, control towers, etc...
Example: CYQXZQZX is address for Gander (CYQX) Oceanic ATC control -
i.e., sending a message for flight plan estimates -
Airlines do not communicate with AFTN among theirselves, they use SITA.
But the airline sends flight plans (ATC) with AFTN circuits...
[Edited 2004-02-19 21:38:16]