Cebu Pacific secures IATA operational safety accreditation
Largest Philippine carrier, Cebu Pacific, has achieved full compliance with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Operational Safety Audit (IOSA), joining a roster of 429 airlines worldwide that have strictly complied with the most stringent of international standards governing aviation safety. IOSA is considered the accreditation with the highest standards for safety in the airline industry.
Though Cebu Pacific (CEB) is not a member of IATA, which represents some 280 airlines comprising 83 percent of global air traffic, it is now listed in the IOSA Registry of operators that have met the benchmark for airline safety management*.
“We are committed to upholding the highest possible standards for the benefit of our passengers. Hence, we chose to undergo the rigorous and stringent audit requirements for IOSA. Since it is considered the internationally-recognised and accepted benchmark for airline safety, we wanted to be sure that our protocols and regulations meet IOSA standards,” said Lance Gokongwei, President and CEO of Cebu Pacific Air.
Over the past several months, Cebu Pacific has invested in technology that improves its capability to better manage safety risks. These include the on-board Runway Overrun Prevention System (ROPS) cockpit technology for its Airbus fleet, which monitors runway conditions before landing and calculates where the aircraft can safely stop; Area Navigation (RNAV) data for more accurate navigation and approaches to various airports; and a Fatigue Risk Management System for pilots to minimize safety risks and ensure they are at adequate levels of alertness.
IOSA is a globally-accepted audit programme using internationally-agreed standards for safety management in airlines. Airlines are re-evaluated for IOSA certification every two years using global best practices for auditing operations management and other control systems such as flight operations, operational control, flight dispatch, aircraft engineering and maintenance, cabin operations, aircraft ground handling, cargo operations and operational security.