All IATA Airlines Are IOSA Registered
-An Important Mark
Geneva - The International
Air Transport Association (IATA) announced today that all 224 of its
member airlines, comprising 93% of all scheduled international air
traffic, are listed on the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) registry.
“Today is a momentous day for aviation safety - our number
one priority. IATA membership is now synonymous with best practice in
airline safety. This is a great achievement and an important mark of
quality for all IATA airlines. This in turn is a reassurance for
travellers everywhere of aviation’s serious commitment to safety,” said
Giovanni Bisignani, IATA’s Director General and CEO.
IOSA is the global industry standard for airline
operational safety management. The IOSA registry (www.iata.org/registry) now consists of
308 airlines, 224 of which are IATA members. IOSA’s 900+ standards,
developed in cooperation with the world’s leading airlines and regulators
(including FAA, CASA, JAA, Transport Canada) represent industry best
practice in all aspects of operational safety. Registration is valid for
two years from the date at which the audit was commenced.
At the 2006 Annual General Meeting IOSA was made a
condition of IATA membership with three milestones. By 31 December 2006,
member airlines had to complete contractual arrangements for an IOSA
audit. By 31 December 2007, all audits needed to be completed. And by 31
December 2008, all audit findings had to be closed and the carrier noted
on the IOSA registry. Failure to meet any of the deadlines resulted in
termination of IATA membership, with effect 90 days after the milestone.
Qatar Airways was the first airline to have its IOSA audit
in September 2003. A total of 9 carriers had their memberships terminated
as a result of not meeting the 2006 or 2007 milestone deadlines. A
further 8 resigned their memberships at the end of 2008 as they needed
more time to complete preparations for a successful audit. One airline
lost its IATA membership on 31 March 2009 as a result of being unable to
complete the registration process. “The vast majority of IATA member
airlines completed the IOSA process. We are now working with those airlines
not able to make the deadline to bring them up to the high IOSA standard
as soon as possible,” said Bisignani.
IOSA standards are available free-of-charge to any
commercial airline. In 2009 IATA will invest US$ 8 million to fund IOSA
audits for its member airlines. Non-IATA members can undergo an IOSA
audit by contracting with one of the 8 accredited audit organisations.
“Meeting the high standards of IOSA was a challenge for all airlines.
Today, air travel is safer as a result of these efforts,” said Bisignani.
The global hull loss rate in 2008 was 0.81 accidents per
million flights (one accident for every 1.2 million flights). For IATA
members the accident rate was 0.52 per million departures (one accident
for every 1.9 million flights). IOSA is one of the elements driving the
significantly better safety record of IATA member airlines.
“The goal of IOSA is to improve safety - not reduce our
membership numbers,” said Bisignani. IATA invested US$3 million in its
Partnership for Safety programme which helped 180 airlines worldwide to
prepare for IOSA with gap analysis audits, and specific training courses.
IOSA and Governments
IOSA has won recognition by governments around the world.
“Safety oversight is a government responsibility. Aviation is the safest
way to travel because of industry-government cooperation and global
standards. IOSA is a great tool for governments to enhance their
oversight programmes. Many are using it successfully already. And I urge
all others to follow their great example,” said Bisignani.
The FAA accepts the use of IOSA by American carriers for
their code-share arrangements with foreign airlines. Brazil, Chile, Costa
Rica, Egypt, Madagascar, Mexico, Panama, Syria and Turkey are among the
countries that have mandated IOSA in national legislation.
IOSA is also helping the airlines to focus their safety efforts by
reducing redundant and repetitive auditing. Audit results, stored in a
central database, can be shared - with the audited airline’s approval -
with partner airlines and governments. Since its inception, IOSA has
helped to avoid almost 1200 redundant audits, saving US$71 million.
IATA is building on the success of the IOSA programme to improve safety
on the ground. Ground accidents cost the industry US$4 billion annually.
The IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) was launched in 2008
for ground handlers to improve safety and reduce this cost. ISAGO uses
industry best practice standards with a similar central registry. Since
launching, a total 45 audits have been conducted.
Both IOSA and ISAGO are part of the IATA 6 point safety
strategy. Along with auditing, the strategy includes specific programmes
for infrastructure safety, safety data management and analysis,
operational safety, safety management systems and maintenance.
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Notes for editors:
(International Air Transport Association) represents some 230
airlines comprising 93% of scheduled international air traffic.
- A total of
8 audit organisations are accredited to conduct IOSA audits. These
are: (1) Aviation Compliance Solutions Pty Ltd., (2) Aviation
Quality Services GmbH, (3) GHS Aviation Auditing, (4) Morten Beyer
and Agnew, Inc., (5) Partners and Resources for Operational Safety
(PROS), (6) Qualit-audit (7) Simat Helliesen & Eichner, Inc.
(SH&E), and (8) Wake (QA) Limited
- An IOSA
Audit has a minimum of five highly qualified auditors on site for
registration is valid for two years from the date the audit process
began. Carriers registered in 2003 are now coming up on their fourth
- The vast
majority of IATA airlines completed the IOSA process and are on the
registry. A total of 21 airlines have lost or resigned their
membership in the process as follows:
- In 2006, 6
airlines lost their IATA membership for failing to contract
- In 2007, 3
airlines lost their IATA membership for failing to complete an IOSA
audit. A further 3 members resigned their membership.
- In 2008, 8
airlines resigned their IATA membership due to their inability to
complete the IOSA audit and 1 airline lost its membership for
failing to close findings on its IOSA audit
- IOSA is
focused on 8 areas of operational safety: (1) Corporate Organisation
and Management Systems, (2) Flight Operations, (3) Operational Control
- Flight Dispatch, (4) Aircraft Engineering and Maintenance, (5)
Cabin Operations, (6) Ground Handling, (7) Cargo Operations and (8)
- The IATA
management of the IOSA programme is certified to ISO 9001:2000
- More information on IOSA