Al-Futtaim unit gets IATA safety certification
Dubai, June 30, 2014
Al-Futtaim, a privately owned UAE business conglomerate, said its aviation venture DC Aviation Al-Futtaim (DCAF) has been awarded the IATA’s Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certification.
DCAF is a joint venture between Al Futtaim and Stuttgart-based DC Aviation the largest operator of business jets in Germany and one of the leading operators in Europe.
With the successful completion of the audit, DCAF becomes one of only eight business jet operators worldwide to receive this certification, said a statement from Al Futtaim.
The IOSA audit reviews the operational safety and quality assurance of an airline’s operational management and control systems. IOSA-registered airlines are transparent in their processes and verifiably guarantee the highest safety standards.
“Our goal is to exceed domestic and international regulatory quality and safety requirements,” said Michael Kuhn, the managing director of DC Aviation. “The IOSA standard is the leading and most sophisticated audit available,” he added.
Holger Ostheimer, the general manager, said: “For years, many scheduled and charter airlines have considered this audit to be a general standard requirement, though this is not the case for business jet operators. The successful completion of this certification clearly indicates the mission of DC Aviation’s operations in Dubai to provide the highest levels of services to its customers.”
As part of the audit process, five auditors reviewed over 1,000 standards and procedures at DC Aviation in all areas related to flight safety and airworthiness.
The departments with the most attention dedicated were maintenance, flight operations, quality and safety management systems as well as security and ground operations before the certificate could be granted.
It is unique for a business jet operation to operate in accordance with the same standards as the international flag carriers such as Emirates, Lufthansa or British Airways.
DCAF's exclusive offering at its hub in Dubai World Central includes a 5,700 sq m hangar, which has enough space to accommodate four ACJ or BBJ type aircraft of the heavy business jet category as well as two ultra-long range business jets such as the Falcon 7X, Bombardier Global Express or Gulfstream G550.-TradeArabia News Service