Nauru Airlines to undergo internationally recognised safety audit

Nauru Airlines will later this year undergo an internationally-approved audit under its commitment to continuously improve safety standards, chairman Trevor Jensen announced Friday.

Mr Jensen said Nauru Airlines would take part in the audit ahead of the airline applying to become a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

“Our next major safety and standards project will be an IATA-Operational Safety Audit (IOSA), which is regarded by the industry as the global benchmark for safety management.

“The IOSA is expected to proceed in October, as a precursor to Nauru Airlines applying to become a member of the IATA, which will be a major boost for our airline.

“We need to undertake this audit because we want to become an IOSA certified airline, meaning we comply with the most stringent rules and practices governing aviation safety.

“Undergoing this audit is yet another sign of Nauru Airlines’ commitment to the highest standards of operational safety and security integrity.”

The audit covers eight functional and operational areas: organisation and management systems, flight operations, operational control and flight dispatch, aircraft engineering and maintenance, cabin operations, ground handling operations, cargo operations and security management.

More than 400 airlines have completed the audit, which is renewed every two years.

“The IOSA certification audit is an internationally recognised and accepted evaluation system designed to assess the operational management and control systems of an airline,” Mr Jensen said.

“Our passengers can take comfort knowing we remain committed to the goal of having every flight take-off and land safely.”

Mr Jensen said Nauru Airlines’ operations and safety team had also completed their response to a regular CASA audit review conducted in June.

“As always, the audit by the safety regulator was operationally intensive and professionally conducted,” he said.

“Matters raised are being incorporated in the airline’s overall safety management system, supporting documentation and procedures.

“All observations were acquitted with CASA on time, and we’re still awaiting any feedback,” he said.