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Vaisala Oyj: American Airlines Safety Department Partners with Vaisala AviCast® Lightning Alert System for Real-Time Data and Alerts

Technology will be utilized at 51 airports in the U.S. and Puerto Rico,
increasing safety and reducing lightning-related delays and costs

Louisville, CO - November 2, 2016 - Vaisala, the global leader in
environmental and industrial measurement, announced today that it has been
awarded a three-year contract by American Airlines to supply lightning
alerts, using its Vaisala AviCast Lightning Alert System. The technology will
be deployed at 26 maintenance locations and 25 regional airport locations at
which American Airlines conducts flight operations. Fifty of these sites are
in the continental U.S. and one site is in Puerto Rico.

Thunderstorms and lightning are dangerous during take-offs and landings, they
pose a danger for ground crews, and cause delays for airlines. According to
the FAA, weather is the largest cause of delay in the National Airspace
System, accounting for 70% of all delays. The delays are dependent on the
geographical area and vary throughout the year, but during the spring and
summer months (April through September), the FAA reports that most of the
delays affecting airport arrivals (over 40%) are due to convective weather
(rain, thunderstorms).

"Thunderstorms impact nearly every airport around the world, and lightning
strikes from thunderstorms are a dangerous threat to aviation operations,
saidNick Demetriades
, Head of Airports business at Vaisala. "Having the ability to warn airport
operations before safety is compromised is critical to maintaining efficient
operations and ensuring a safe work environment." Efficient operations means
that delays are kept to a minimum, which benefits the airlines, airport, and
air travelers.
Acting on Reliable Data
The Vaisala AviCast® Lightning Alert System is able to detect total lightning,
which is comprised of cloud lightning and cloud to ground lightning. Once
lightning is detected, the system sends alerts, warning about the dangerous
conditions. Alerts are shown visually in the AviCast software, and sent by
text and email to supervisors monitoring the system. In addition, lights and
sirens are activated on the airfield to make ground crews aware of the threat
so that they can move to safety.

Since 2005, Vaisala has been helping American Airlines stay ahead of lightning
and thunderstorms, providing lightning sensors, data, and alerts that keep
ground-crews safe and make informed operational decisions during severe

For More Information:

Jon Tarleton, Head of Transportation Marketing, Vaisala
Tel: +1 303-436-2943

Press Contact:
Samantha Bell, March Communications
+1 617 960 8896

Read more about the Vaisala Lightning Detection.

About Vaisala

Vaisala is a global leader in environmental and industrial measurement.
Building on 80 years of experience, Vaisala contributes to a better quality
of life by providing a comprehensive range of innovative observation and
measurement products and services for chosen weather-related and industrial
markets. Headquartered in Finland, Vaisala employs approximately 1600
professionals worldwide and is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki stock

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Source: Vaisala Oyj via Globenewswire

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