Firstnation Airways said on Wednesday it has attained the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) Certification.
Capt. Chimara Imediegwu
Director, Flight Operations of the airline in a statement, said
Firstnation is now the first out of the ten airlines across the African continent, chosen by IATA in 2014 to undergo the prestigious IOSA Certification, to successfully complete the certification process and achieve IOSA registration within the timeline.
With this, Firstnation has now joined the elite group of airlines across the globe holding IOSA certification.
IOSA Programme is an internationally recognized and accepted evaluation system
designed to assess the operational management and control system of an airline. IOSA certified airlines have the highest safety standard worldwide in 2014.
As such IOSA has become a global standard recognized well beyond IATA membership.
IOSA certification will help to enhance African Airlines Safety and Operational Standards to World class and in line with industry best practice.
It would be recalled that the 22nd Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) Executive Council held on (25th-26th January, 2013 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia), endorsed the Abuja Declaration and Associated Plan of Action on Aviation Safety in Africa, making it a requirement for all African Airlines to successfully complete IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) Certification by end of 2015.
Imediegwu said ‘the fact that the airline was able to attain this certification within record time attests to the airline’s robust structure.
He said Firstnation from launch has assembled young crop of dynamic and motivated professionals which has resulted in the airline building a strong brand with respectable market presence within a relatively short period.
“The airline is currently working on aircraft fleet expansion that will see the airline grow aircraft fleet and route networks”, he added.