Qazaq Air gains international recognition for operational safety

QAZAQ AIR, Kazakhstan, has confirmed compliance with international safety standards by successfully passing IOSA – an operational safety audit of the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

As part of an audit conducted at the end of 2017, accredited independent experts conducted a check for compliance with and implementation of about IATA’s 1,000 standards and recommended practices. All areas of QAZAQ AIR’s operating activities were scrutinized, including organizational structure and corporate management, flight operations and maintenance of aircraft, flight management and dispatching services, ground handling of aircraft, aviation security and flight safety.

Blair Treherne Pollock, Chairperson of the Board, QAZAQ AIR, said, “Since flight safety has been a top priority for QAZAQ AIR since the launch of the airline in 2015, we are very pleased to have successfully completed an IATA Operational Safety Audit and international recognition of our efforts in this area. Receiving of the IOSA Certificate opens up new opportunities for the airline and allows QAZAQ AIR to carry out regular international flights.”

Jordan Karamalak, IATA Regional Manager for Central Asia, said, “The IOSA program has helped at least 420 airlines in the world improve their operational safety. Compliance with IOSA standards has become an important requirement in practice for interline agreements between air carriers. Following Air Astana and SCAT Airlines, the third carrier from Kazakhstan, QAZAQ AIR, receives an IOSA Certificate. Now more than 95% of the country’s air passengers will be served by certified IOSA certified carriers, which is a clear indicator of the level of safety in the civil aviation of the Republic of Kazakhstan.”

QAZAQ AIR serves regional air routes in Kazakhstan, 100% of the shares of which belong to the Samruk-Kazyna National Welfare Fund JSC.

QAZAQ AIR’s fleet is the youngest among the airlines of Kazakhstan and it consists of modern comfortable Bombardier Q400 NextGen turboprop airliners with an average age of about three years.

Bombardier Q400 NextGen is a new generation regional airliner, equipped with a modern, active noise and vibration suppression system in the passenger cabin, comfortable seats with wide strides, large portholes, spacious luggage shelves and bright LED backlighting.

IOSA is the IATA Operational Safety Audit Program, which is a generally recognized and accepted rating system designed to evaluate airline operating and control systems.

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