SOLOMON Airlines has passed the Operation Safety Audit (IOSA) programme for the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
This means Solomon Airlines has been certified for two more years for the IATA Audit check.
Solomon Airlines Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Gus Kraus, in a media briefing session this week, highlighted this achievement in which he acknowledged his entire team for a job well done.
“I’d like to congratulate our team for passing the IOSA IATA Safety Audit program[me] that we went through,” he said.
“This is just to show that we have passed the audit checks. It definitely shows that we have been recertified for two more years for the IATA Audit checks.
“It’s taken a lot of manpower to prepare and close all the findings with us,” Mr Kraus said.
Mr Kraus said normally the safety audit programme comes every two years but it can be longer like for Vanuatu.
“Their (Vanuatu’s) check will be done in June. Air Niugini has done theirs recently. Every airline must do it because it also validates their membership in IATA and validates them to be co-chair with other airlines.
“If you don’t have that certificate, other airlines will not co-chair with you.
“We have a good relationship with Air Niugini, Air Vanuatu, Fiji Airways and most importantly with Qantas Airlines.
“That is our biggest co-chair partner,” he said.
According to IATA website, 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 to conduct audits in a standardised and consistent manner.
By LACHLAN EDDIE HOE
Solomon Star, Honiara