RwandAir has achieved another milestone in its focus on safety and security with the country’s national flag carrier receiving certification for IATA’s Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) Certified Ground Service Provider (GSP) this month, which is valid until July 2018.
This follows an audit conducted on RwandAir Ground Operations in July this year by WAKE QA, an IATA approved audit firm, the airline said in a press release, adding that “the audit was concluded with minimal findings and observations.”
ISAGO is an IATA standardised and structured audit programme for Ground Service Providers (GSP) that was modelled on the success of IOSA (IATA Operational Safety Audit). The audit uses internationally recognised ground operational standards that are aimed at reducing risk and cost as well as minimising 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 maximising productivity,” said John Mirenge, the Chief Executive Officer of RwandAir. “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, the airline said.
From Kigali as its hub in the heart of Africa, RwandAir, an IATA member airline, reaches out to 19 cities in western, eastern, and southern Africa and the Middle East. RwandAir operates one of the youngest fleets in Africa and is well reputed for an excellent on-time performance, safety, and customer services.
As part of RwandAir’s expansion strategy, in September this year, the airline received its first wide-bodied A330 (200 series) aircraft. RwandAir will receive its third and fourth B737-800NG in the months of November 2016 and May 2017, and its second A330 (300 series), in November 2016.
This will bring its fleet size to 12 aircraft, and its capacity, in terms of available seats, will double.
The airline will in 2017 add four more destinations in Africa, Asia, Europe and the US.