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OAG Releases Prototype for Pandemic Disease Planning and Management
Date:9/7/2009

CHICAGO, September 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- OAG, the leading provider of global airline data and intelligence, has developed a prototype to assist health organizations and government agencies in preparing their strategies to combat the spread of pandemic diseases, including the H1N1 virus and other flu strains.

The tool will allow responsible government departments and health organizations to visualize and model in elapsed time:

    - How a disease can spread from any single airport in the
      world, on any day within the future schedules time-frame
    - Which cities and airports could be alerted of potential impact as
      elapsed time from original departure time increases
    - Which carriers should be alerted at down-line connection points
    - Which carriers may already be impacted
    - How many (maximum) passengers could be exposed to a disease as
      time passes

John Weber, Senior Vice President, OAG Aviation, said: "The world is now truly a global village where it is possible to reach almost any other point on the planet by air within just one day. Flu bugs don't buy their own tickets; they travel with passengers at the same speed as aircraft. Understanding the logical path of travellers over a global network of connecting flights could be a major milestone in helping to minimize the escalation of any new epidemic."

Weber continued, "We have been working on this prototype since the first outbreak of the H1N1 virus and are now in a position to engage more fully with organizations to help them with their preparedness plans. Our initial discussions with government departments have confirmed our view that there is real value in using our data to predict where a virus may travel over the commercial air lanes. What we bring to the party is the reliability of our global schedules data, our experience with data integration and applications, and a very useful tool that allows planners to visualize the data in terms of global geography. Our technology is very flexible so planners can lift user defined portions of OAG data into an existing work environment."

The product will contain flight schedules data for all direct flights and connections for every airport around the globe. Each flight is based on actual future flight schedules, and each connection reflects industry standard minimum connect times which vary from carrier to carrier and airport to airport. The application, which allows planners to define and view progressive global connectivity, is a user-friendly tool requiring only a few minutes of explanation. A unique feature of the tool allows planners to define any origin point, and by using a slider bar for elapsed time from origin point departure, lets the user see how far a flu bug could spread in minutes or hours. The tool presents the results either as a graphic display or in data table format that can be exported for further analysis.

The OAG airline schedules database is widely regarded as the most complete and accurate information available, with the most up-to-date direct and connecting flight details of more than 900 airlines and over 3,500 airports.

Health organizations and government agencies who are interested in discussing how they might utilize OAG data in their pandemic management planning should contact OAG at +44(0)1582-695080 or at customers@oagaviation.com.

OAG is a UBM Aviation business.

About OAG

OAG provides the industry's most accurate single source of airline information, with essential aviation workflow data and analytics sourced from its comprehensive proprietary airline schedules, fleet and MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) databases. OAG is a leading brand of UBM Aviation, a global data and information business for the air transport industry. UBM Aviation serves the passenger aviation, air cargo logistics, MRO and business travel communities with information products, market intelligence, news and events. It brings together buyers and sellers of air travel and transport, enabling the world's airlines, their customers and suppliers, to do business successfully. UBM Aviation operates from offices in the UK, USA, Canada, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, China and The Netherlands. It is a division of United Business Media Limited. For more information, go to http://www.ubmaviation.com


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