Published: Feb 03, 2011 8:54 PM EST
Updated: Feb 03, 2011 5:54 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal officials say low-cost air carrier JetBlue will begin using technology key to modernizing the nation's air traffic control system beginning in 2012.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced Thursday that JetBlue has signed an agreement to equip as many as 35 planes with satellite-based technology that allows air traffic controllers to see the planes at all times.

The agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration will enable JetBlue planes to fly more precise flights from Boston and New York to Florida and the Caribbean, saving time and money.

FAA is in the midst of a massive project to replace the nation's air traffic control system, which is based on World War II-era radar technology, with a GPS-based system. The project is expected to take more than a decade to complete.

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