Aero Contractors has successfully scaled the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Operational Safety Audit (IOSA), the highest safety certification of the Association, thereby becoming a member of the global airline body.
The membership offers Aero opportunities for interline and code share with top players in the global business.
The airline will also have access to training and information database of IATA, among many benefits.
Aero is now the second member of the global airline association in Nigeria and the third in West and Central Africa.
Aero, Nigeria’s oldest aviation company, received the membership certificate following a rigorous exercise in meeting safety standards, customer services and security by IATA over the last two years.
Aero began schedule airline services in year 2000, and has grown to be recognised as a major regional player in the industry.
At a brief ceremony to mark the event at the airline’s headquarters in Ikeja, Samson Fatokun, area manager, South West Africa of IATA, said: “This is a new bride for Aero, and you should be proud of this huge achievement and the operational and safety advantages it brings to your airline. You worked hard for it, so please enjoy it. You deserve it.”
Also speaking, Russell Lee-Foon, managing director of Aero, said: “We are proud of this great achievement; it’s no easy feat. It’s a challenge, which forces us to increase our standards another notch. This gives us more opportunities for growth to partner with bigger members of IATA.
“We wish to appreciate our stakeholders – our customers, aviation authorities and our staff that this membership couldn’t have been achieved without them. We equally want to reassure our customers that we shall strive to continue to improve our standards in making Aero a safe and secure airline.”
Aero operates the Boeing 737-400/500 and the modern Dash 8 in its fleet.