Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Southern Air Awarded Air Freight Safety Certification

Recognition for cargo carrier’s excellence
Shipping News Feature

USA – Southern Air Inc. has become only the fifth U.S.-based all-cargo carrier to pass the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) and be registered as an IOSA compliant airline.

The award is a great achievement for the dedicated freight carrier, which was founded in 1999 as a low-cost, high-quality cargo carrier and now operates a mixed fleet of Boeing 747 and 777 freighters.

Brian Neff, Southern Air’s president, said, “We are incredibly pleased that Southern Air’s safety program has earned IOSA registration. The IATA Operational Safety Audit is the benchmark for global safety management in airlines, and we are very pleased that our strong and longstanding commitment to safe flight operations has been recognized by this truly world-class organization.”

The IOSA program is an internationally recognized and accepted evaluation system designed to assess the operational management and control systems of an airline. The other IOSA-registered carriers are United Parcel Service, Federal Express, Atlas Air Inc/Polar Air Worldwide and ABX Air.