A Zambian airline has made steps towards gaining top safety global accreditation standard in the international aviation industry through subjecting its employees to an evaluation system, a statement obtained on Thursday said. Western Global Airlines
Proflight Zambia has completed the first of three workshops approved under the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) initiative as part of its efforts to gain global safety accreditation and to pave way for it to be exempted from the European Union (EU) ban on Zambian registered aircraft flying to Europe.
Philip Lemba, the airline’s director of government and industry affairs said attaining IATA accreditation will elevate its safety credibility so that the airline could make a case for exemption from the EU ban list on Zambia.
“Only 300 airlines around the world have passed the IOSA audit. The IOSA audit is the standard of safety audit in the world,” he said.
In 2009, the EU banned Zambian registered aircrafts from flying into the Euro airspace due to safety concerns.
The official added that the airline has set up a task force and a steering committee working on the accreditation program and expressed optimism that airline’s staff will work hard to attain the accreditation.
Three IATA instructors conducted the first workshop and over the next eight months two more workshops will be held after which the airline will be audited.
If accredited, the airline will become the first one to attain IOSA accreditation in Zambia.
IOSA is an internationally recognized and accepted evaluation system designed to assess the operational management and control systems of an airline. It is based on industry proven quality audit principles and designed to ensure that each audit is conducted in a standardized manner in order to achieve consistent results.
Proflight Zambia was established in 1991 and is one of Zambia’s leading scheduled airline. Enditem

Source: Xinhua


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