Lagos — DANA Air says it has commenced a series of training programmes that would enable it earn the International Air Travel Agency Operational Safety Audit (IOSA).
Chief Operating Officer of the airline, Yvan Drewinsky, said that the first stage of the implementation training was a gap analysis workshop that would give Dana Air a greater understanding of its shortcomings in relation to the IOSA Standards and Recommended Practices (ISARPs).
He said the workshop would also help the airline to provide guidance and tools to establish action plans towards ISARPs' implementation.
Drewinsky insisted that Dana Air was resolute in adhering to globally-recognised safety standards. He said that commencement of the preliminary training for the IOSA process confirmed the premium the airline placed on safety.
“The IOSA Implementation Training Initiative is coming at an auspicious time when Dana Airline is looking at reinforcing services as well as seeking the possibility of forming alliances with global airlines, as it aims to operate in line with the highest global standards,” he said.
IATF Manager, Oscar Haro, said IATA was pleased to confirm Dana Airlines as one of the 10 African airlines for the IOSA implementation training in readiness to meet the challenges of Abuja Declaration of the African Union.
“Congratulations to Dana Air on being accepted as one of the ten airlines that the IATF will support with IOSA implementation training.
"Airlines applying to access the training fund had to satisfy a varied set of criteria, and Dana Air's commitment to reaching world-class safety levels was a major factor in their successful application,” Haro said.
IOSA, which is the highest level of safety in global aviation, is an internationally accepted evaluation system designed to assess the operational management and control systems of airlines.