MOSCOW, June 5, 2015 /CNW/ - Aeroflot (Moscow Exchange ticker: AFLT) has successfully passed the IATA Operational Safety Audit to comply with IOSA standards. The IOSA certificate and IOSA-registered operator status have been extended up to October 2017.
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IATA auditors conducted an expansive audit of Aeroflot's operation for five days. This audit has not revealed even a single nonconformity to the international standards. This result stands out in the global aviation industry.
The latest recertification marks the sixth successful IOSA audit for Aeroflot. The first of these dates back to 2005, when Aeroflot broke the ice becoming the first IOSA operator in Russia's civil aviation. Other Russian carriers later followed Aeroflot's suit falling back on the leader's experience.
IOSA standards are regularly updated to live up to the new challenges and demands of the world of aviation. The eighth revision of the standard is currently in effect.
IOSA-registered operator status is granted for a two-year term, eligible for further extension through recertification. This status is obligatory for the airline to be eligible for IATA membership as well as SkyTeam membership. The IOSA certificate is also requested by would-be partner-airlines to conclude or prolong code-share agreements.
Aeroflot has repeatedly proved its compliance with stringent IATA safety regulations in various aspects of the operation. Earlier this year Aeroflot successfully passed the IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations(ISAGO).
Aeroflot is Russia's flagship carrier and one of the largest airline groups in Europe. In 2014, Aeroflot carried 23.6 million passengers (34.7 million passengers as Aeroflot Group including subsidiaries), a record for any Russian airline. A proud member of the SkyTeam global airline alliance, Aeroflot and its partners serve 1,052 destinations in 177 countries worldwide. Aeroflot operates the youngest fleet in the World (among the major airlines), numbering 160 Airbus, Boeing and Sukhoi airliners. Aeroflot is among the global leaders in aviation safety. The company's European Community Safety Assessment of Foreign Aircraft (SAFA) Index, which is the main globally recognized safety parameter, is comparable to global peers. The first Russian carrier to enter the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) register, renewing its registration for the fifth time in 2013, Aeroflot has successfully passed the IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) and is fully ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004 compliant. In 2014 Aeroflot was named by SKYTRAX as the Best Airline in Eastern Europe for the third time. Find more at http://www.aeroflot.com.