Tata Group’s budget carrier Air India Express has renewed its registration under the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) programme following an audit carried out by IATA.
The registration has been renewed after a rigorous assessment of the operational management and control systems of the airline. Conducted by IATA auditors, this was one of the first on-site audits post-pandemic.
The audit covers about 1,000 standards and recommended practices related to the safety of operations, as well as maintenance and engineering and the procedures of the airline.
IOSA is based on industry-proven quality audit principles and is designed to ensure that each audit is conducted in a standardised manner to achieve consistent results. IOSA was established in 2003 to meet airline industry needs for common globally-harmonised operating safety standards.
“We are happy to have renewed our IOSA registration, particularly as we look to an expansion of our fleet and network soon…. Air India Express meets the international benchmarks for operational safety, and follows global industry best practices.”Aloke Singh, CEO, Air India Express
All IATA members are IOSA-registered and must remain registered to maintain IATA membership. Conversely, IATA membership is not a requirement to undergo an IOSA audit. According to IATA, there are dozens of airlines on the IOSA registry that are not IATA members.
Air India Express operates short and medium-haul international routes, connecting many smaller towns of India directly to the Gulf and South-East Asia regions, with a fleet of 24 Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The airline is the market leader in the low-cost carrier segment in the Gulf/Middle East region.
Following the disinvestment of its parent company Air India, Air India Express, is now part of the Tata Group. It is soon going to be merged with AirAsia India which is also owned by Tata Group to have a strong regional arm.