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PIA Gets IOSA Certification for Safety

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KARACHI, October 26, 2009: National carrier PIA was presented the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) Certification valid for the next 2 years at a ceremony held at PIA Training Center here Monday. Ken McLean, IATA Regional Director Safety, Operations and Infrastructure, Asia-Pacific, specially flew here for presentation of IOSA registration certificate.

This has made PIA among 300 world airlines out of 1100 declared safe for International travel. Addressing the ceremony, attended by PIA's elite, Ken McLean said that PIA achieved this certification as a result of its continued quest for improvement in its safety and service standards and with a sense of commitment to the goals ahead.

Pointing to the importance of aviation industry, Mr. Ken said that today international airlines constitute 7 percent of the world GDP and despite world-wide recession, the international airlines are optimistic of the future - having a market of 4.2 billion people which will grow to 5.2 billion by the year 2020 and the industry can foresee the energy which this number of people would generate.

The IATA Regional Director said that certainly the aviation sector has financial and environmental challenges but by the year 2015, Asia will be the largest aviation market and then they will have to take care of traffic control. Ken McLean recalled the growth of PIA which started with 2 DCs, three pilots and 12 technicians but was the first in the Region to start jet operation and the first international airline to fly to China.

He was particularly appreciative of PIA Magazine "Hamsafar" and described it fantastic, providing a sense of pride to the organization.

He said that such ceremonies do mark important occasions but this should not make one to relax and rather work with greater commitment when this airline is expected to become an airline of the future.

Addressing the ceremony Managing Director PIA, Capt Aijaz Haroon complimented IATA for gathering information about PIA and said that it grew to its present levels because of the vision of great Quaid Mohammed Ali Jinnah.

Capt Aijaz said that PIA had made commendable strides and had proved itself as the pioneer. "We need to further tighten our belts to show the world that we will stage a comeback and we will do it".

He pointed out that PIA is a member of IATA for over 35 years and regularly attending its General Body meetings. He said we were back benchers but now we have decided to have regular interaction with this body and our vision is to plan for a General Body of IATA in Pakistan in coming years.

Capt Aijaz said that today's ceremony has made our commitment for pursuit towards safety stronger.

He recalled the days when this airline, which had been the pioneer, was knocked out of Europe but it did come into ring again and today it is regarded as one of the leading airlines of the world.

MD said that whenever PIA people were challenged they stood steadfast to meet the same and emerged successful. During the last 17 months, the people in the airline were made to take on the challenges with confidence and bold decisions taken.

"Continued efforts from our side brought us back in achieving this recertification and the day is not far off when PIA will be made into airline which grew with the slogan of "great people fly with".

He complimented the efforts put in by Corporate Staff and Quality Assurance department.

Earlier Ken McLean presented the IOSA Registration certificate to MD PIA Capt Aijaz Haroon amidst applause.

On the occasion shields and appreciation letters from MD were presented to all those who contributed towards achievement of this certification.

The MD PIA presented a shield to Ken McLean on behalf of the airline.