IATA and IAC sign safety deal

THE International Air Transport Association (IATA) has signed an agreement with the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC, also known by its Russian abbreviation which is MAK) to improve aviation safety throughout the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

The expanded agreement includes promoting IATA’s operational safety audit (IOSA), its integrated-airline management system, safety audits for ground operations and development of civil aviation infrastructure.

The agreement was signed in Moscow by Tatiana Anodina, chairperson of the IAC and Giovanni Bisignani, IATA’s director general and chief executive officer. “Safety is our top priority, and the performance of the CIS is far below the global average. All IATA airlines – including 15 in the CIS – are on the IOSA registry.  I look forward to working closely with the IAC to help raise the bar on safety in this region by promoting IOSA and other IATA global standards,” said Bisignani.

 “The next big challenge is to implement e-freight. To make this a reality, Russia must sign the Montreal Convention 99 recognising electronic airway bills. Russia is too important to be left out of the US$4.9 billion in benefits that e-freight will bring,” said Bisignani.

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