Sophia Antipolis, FRANCE – October 10th, 2016. Airline software and IT consulting specialists Conztanz have been awarded the contract to certify data supplied by airlines for the operational phase of the French e-PNR project.
Conztanz CEO Bertrand Kientz says: “We have already been involved with France’s e-PNR project for two years, helping to define the information platform and data processing strategy. To have our relationship with the project extended into the operational implementation phase is an endorsement of the work our team has done on this exciting and important project of improving airline security.”
In phase one of the implementation, due by the end of 2016, some forty airlines will be certified by Conztanz for meeting the data provision standards laid down by the e-PNR specification.
By completion of the implementation phase in mid-2018, around two hundred airlines flying in to, out of and within France will be expected to be compatible with the e-PNR process. Conztanz’s engagement is to ensure that all these airlines are in compliance.
“It is a significant undertaking,” says Kientz. “Not only are we entrusted with compliance certification for the airlines themselves, but also for the airline’s assets and partners. This includes airline PSS systems, tour operators and ground handlers, all of which need to be engaged in the certification process. Our objective is to be both proactive and cooperative, helping airlines and their partners to comply with e-PNR in the most timely fashion. Integrating e-PNR demands a significant effort from the airlines.”
The EU-wide PNR initiative was approved by the European parliament in 2016. As reported in the official EU news website, ‘The provisional deal reached by Parliament and Council negotiators on 2 December 2015 on an EU directive regulating the use of Passenger Name Record (PNR) data for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of terrorist offences and serious crime was approved by plenary on 14 April 2016 by 461 votes to 179, with 9 abstentions. The text was approved by the Council of the EU on 21 April . Once published in the EU Official Journal of the EU, member states will have two years to transpose the legislation into their national laws.’