Miami, Florida, March 20, 2008 – On Wednesday March 12, Air Jamaica was commended by the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA international operational safety audit (IOSA) program, for maintaining its stellar safety record. A certificate was awarded to the airline for conforming to all 942 safety standards, an accomplishment that allows the national carrier to join the IATA Operational Audit (IOSA) registry comprised of approximately 186 airlines worldwide.
“Air Jamaica has maintained an unblemished safety record since its inception1969, and with this audit we had the chance, again, to prove that safety is our number one concern. Bear in mind, this sort of accomplishment is not achieved by just one person, but by every last Air Jamaica employee whose obvious commitment is to safety of the passengers and their fellow-employees. We’re very proud of this award,” said Paul Pennicook, senior vice president, sales and marketing, Air Jamaica.
The auditing process began for Air Jamaica in 2005 and spanned a year. The benefits to Air Jamaica as a certified IOSA member are numerous and include a reduction of costs, audit resource requirements for airlines and regulators and continuous updating of standards to reflect regulatory revisions and the evolution of best practices within industry.
The IOSA Audit is recognized by the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) and the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA).