RJ gains safety certification

Royal Jordanian has passed a IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA), becoming only the second carrier in the region, and the 28th worldwide, to achieve the certification.

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By  Neil Denslow Published  April 17, 2005

Royal Jordanian has passed a IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA), becoming only the second carrier in the region, after Qatar Airways, and the 28th worldwide to achieve the certification. The IOSA tests a range of functions across the carrier and it will a have number of benefits for RJ, most notably easing the implementation of codeshare deals with international airlines. “We are proud that IOSA has crowned the efforts of RJ employees who these past 15 months have exerted continuous hard work, especially appreciating that, unlike other carriers, we did not seek the assistance of outside consultants,” comments Samer Majali, president & CEO of Royal Jordanian. The IOSA drive has seen RJ introduce a number of new operating procedures, including quality assurance systems, that will improve efficiency and safety levels at the airline. The certificate also means that the carrier is fully licensed by IATA to perform complete direct operations of aircraft, such as flight operations, aircraft maintenance, safety, cargo handling, operations control, airport services and onboard services. The IOSA program is accredited by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) and all the aviation authorities around the world, and it will be an obligatory requirement for IATA-registered airlines by 2007. “The IATA Operational Safety Audit is yet another great accomplishment of our airline, complementing the ones related to operations development, service improvement and fleet modernisation,” concludes Majali. “If only 27 airlines have achieved it so far, then there must be hundreds that are looking forward to attaining this goal. Thus, I am sure that this will be a significant incentive for RJ to improve its services and better compete in the market that has opened in the international air transport industry,” he added.

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