S7 Airlines completes IOSA audit


Flight safety has always been a priority for S7 Airlines, and now it has been taken to a new level: S7 has become the second airline in Russia to undergo the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA). This is the first global flight safety standard. Its introduction makes it possible for airlines to organize their activities so that flight safety requirements are given first consideration when any decisions are being made.

From December 4 — 8 2006, auditors from the American company United PROS conducted the on-site phase of the IOSA audit for S7 Airlines. Two main areas were tested. The first of these includes operations control and flight dispatch, and cabin operations. The second covers engineering and maintenance, ground handling, cargo operations, and operational security.

All the areas of the IOSA program contain not only mandatory requirements (of which there are more than 700), but also around 50 recommendations that take into consideration the experiences of leading global airlines and will be included with the necessary components in future. At the Closing Meeting on December 8, the American experts gave a positive report on practically all points. Following some individual comments, the airline needs to improve its operations by making changes to its current documents and technology. This work will be done in early 2007. Once the results have been approved by United PROS, S7 will receive an IOSA certificate.

This will be positive recognition from the global airline community of S7’s status as a safe carrier conforming to the strictest modern requirements. S7 has many interline partners, including Lufthansa, Air China, Delta, Emirates, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Singapore Airlines, Swiss and Thai Airways, that have also passed this audit. That said, it should be remembered that a certificate is just a document. S7’s main objective is to put into its everyday working practice the experience of leading airlines and to achieve a higher level of flight safety.

Sibir Airlines became an active member of IATA since 2001, when it received the international code S7. The IOSA standard was introduced in 2003, and will become a condition of IATA membership in 2008. All current active members of the Association must pass this audit by the end of 2007. Airlines must now have an IOSA certificate if they wish to become members of IATA.