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Rwandair’s ISAGO certification catapults it into the African big league

Rwandair’s ISAGO certification catapults it into the African big league

Rwandair’s pursuit of the ISAGO certification, in addition to the existing IOSA certification, confirms the airline’s commitment to industry best practices in operational safety to a world-class level.

News just broke that RwandAir has been awarded certification by the International Air Transport Association of Safe Ground Operations (ISAGO).

After completing a complex auditing process very similar to e-IOSA (e-IATA Operational Safety Audit), the Enhanced IATA Operational Safety Audit, the ground operation division of Rwanda’s national airline has 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 “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 is awaited to confirm the acquisition of yet another Airbus wide-bodied aircraft to facilitate nonstop flights from Kigali to the Big Apple.

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