AIR TAHITI NUI WELCOMED TO INNER CIRCLE OF IOSA-CERTIFIED AIRLINES, BY MEETING HIGHEST INTERNATIONAL SAFETY STANDARDS
LOS ANGELES, CA, September 28, 2006 – Air Tahiti Nui has joined the company of international airlines certified by the International Operational Safety Audit (IOSA), the world’s most rigorous safety audit. The leading carrier to French Polynesia is the first in the Pacific region to willingly participate in the three-year-old program.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA), whose mission is to represent, lead and serve the air industry, includes 260 airlines, representing 94% of world air traffic. In 2007, all IATA carriers must meet and abide by these safety and maintenance standards.
Aviation Quality Services (AQS), an IATA-accredited audits organization, performed Air Tahiti Nui’s conformity audit November 21 - 28, 2005. In addition, the airline opted to take rectification measures consistent with IOSA-defined standards. Audit manager Mr. Sascha Schott recently acknowledged in a letter to Mr. Gérard Maurin, Air Tahiti Nui’s deputy managing director of operations, “AQS congratulates Air Tahiti Nui for its performance and the completion of a job well done.” The audit closed on August 21, 2006, opening the door for the airline’s entry into the IOSA registry.
“We welcomed the creation of the IOSA audit and immediately asked to be audited, even though we had already been approved by our partner airlines,” said Mr. Eric Pommier, CEO of Air Tahiti Nui. “Being a relatively small carrier doesn’t mean skimping on the things that matter most. It’s important to let our passengers know that we, just like the world’s largest airlines, strictly apply all safety and maintenance criteria; this certification reinforces, even elevates, our continuing reputation for the best cabin service in the Pacific.”
The IOSA Principle
Air safety standards evolve at the same pace as technology. To harmonize and reinforce the various controls already performed by airlines and aircraft manufacturers, IATA has introduced a new operational audit standard named “IOSA” for “IATA Operational Safety Audit”. This certification includes the verification of documents and the effective application by airlines of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) norms. It also controls the implementation of best practices, those procedures deemed essential in flight safety matters. This recent standard, three years in the making, is a complement to operational audit programs already followed by airlines themselves and by their supervising authorities (Civil Aviation), according to existing national, European and international regulations.
About Air Tahiti Nui
Air Tahiti Nui has been operating since November 1998. The young and dynamic small airline offers a route network linking the South Pacific to four continents. With its headquarters in Tahiti, French Polynesia, Air Tahiti Nui operates a modern fleet of five long-range Airbus A340-300 aircraft serving Tahiti, New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Sydney, Auckland, Tokyo and Osaka. Since 2003, Skytrax has named Air Tahiti Nui the best airline serving the South Pacific; in 2006 – with 13.61 million leisure and business air travelers from more than 90 nations weighing in to vote –the airline was awarded “Onboard Service Excellence for a Smaller Airline.” The Air Tahiti Nui network is reinforced by more than 30 code shares and interlines agreements.
For information call toll-free 1-877-824-4846, or visit Air Tahiti Nui online at www.airtahitinui-usa.com.