Air India gets IATA-IOSA certification till Jan 2010

Written by Sanjay Jog | Mumbai, Jan 28 | Updated: Jan 29 2008, 04:46am hrs
The National Aviation Company of India Ltd (Air India) has recently obtained a renewal of its IATA-IOSA certification up to January 2010.

Nacil (I) Indian Airlines is hopeful of getting the certification soon. The merged entity is expected to be fully IATA-IOSA certified by February this year. Nacil sources have confirmed this development while talking to FE on Monday. Air India is one of the first carriers amongst the 10 global airlines to have got this certification initially in the year 2004. The IATA-IOSA certification was later renewed in May 2006.

The IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) Programme is an internationally recognised and accepted evaluation system designed to assess the operational management and control systems of an airline. IOSA uses internationally recognised quality audit principles, and is designed so that audits are conducted in a standardised and consistent manner.

Inherent in the IOSA programme is a degree of quality, integrity and security such that mutually interested airlines and regulators can all comfortably accept IOSA audit reports. As a result, the industry would be in a position to achieve the benefits of cost-efficiency through a significant reduction in audit redundancy.

According to sources, with the implementation and international acceptance of IOSA, airlines and regulators would achieve various benefits which include the establishment of the first internationally recognised operational audit standards, a reduction of costs and audit resource requirements for airlines and regulators, continuous updating of standards to reflect regulatory revisions and the evolution of best practices within the industry, a quality audit programme under the continuing stewardship of IATA, accredited audit organisations with formally trained and qualified auditors, accredited training organisations with structured auditor training courses.

Besides, there would be a structured audit methodology, including standardised checklists, elimination of audit redundancy through mutual acceptance of audit reports.