RWANDAIR’S ISAGO CERTIFICATION CATAPULTS AIRLINE INTO THE AFRICAN BIG LEAGUE
(Posted 08th November 2016)
News just broke that RwandAir, Africa’s fastest growing airline with the youngest fleet on the continent, has been awarded certification by IATA of Safe Ground Operations, in short ISAGO.
After completing a complex auditing process very similar to e-IOSA, the Enhanced IATA Operational Safety Audit, has the ground operation division of Rwanda’s national airline now also secured the certification for this more recent IATA safety initiative.
This follows an audit conducted on RwandAir Ground Operations in July this year by WAKE QA, an IATA approved Audit Organization. The audit was concluded with minimal findings and observations.
ISAGO is an IATA standardized and structured audit program for Ground Service Providers (GSP) that was modeled on the success of IOSA (IATA Operational Safety Audit). The audit uses internationally recognized ground operational standards that are aimed at reducing risk and cost as well as minimizing damages and incidents.
‘With this achievement, RwandAir will provide enhanced ground-handling services with high safety standards to its customer airlines and private jets operating at Kigali International Airport, while maximizing productivity‘ said John Mirenge, the Chief Executive Officer of RwandAir. He added that ‘this would not have been possible without the dedicated, tireless, hard work of the RwandAir staff‘.
The pursuit of the ISAGO certification, in addition to the existing IOSA certification, confirms RwandAir’s commitment to the industry best practices in operational safety to a world class level.
In a related development it was also learned that the airline has set 2017 for the launch of operations to both London and New York and additional news are awaited now to confirm the acquisition of yet another Airbus wide bodied aircraft to facilitate nonstop flights from Kigali to the Big Apple.