The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has
signed an agreement with the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC, also
known by its Russian abbreviation which is MAK) to improve aviation
safety throughout the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).
The expanded agreement adds specific points to
IATA’s existing cooperation partnership with the IAC including:
Integrated-Airline Management System (IAMS), IATA Safety Audits
for Ground Operations (ISAGO) and other similar initiatives and
their realisation in the deployment of professional resources of
- Development and enhancement of civil aviation
infrastructure in the states united by IAC, including
implementation of the ICAO standard for Reduced Vertical
Separation Minima (RVSM) and Performance-Based Navigation.
agreement was signed in Moscow by Tatiana Anodina, Chairperson of
the IAC and Giovanni Bisignani, IATA’s Director General and CEO.
“Safety is our top priority, and the performance of the CIS is far
below the global average. All IATA airlines - including 15 in the
CIS are on the IOSA Registry. I look forward to working closely
with the IAC to help raise the bar on safety in this region by
promoting IOSA and other IATA global standards,” said Bisignani.
Bisignani is visiting Russia to mark a new phase in IATA’s
involvement in Russian aviation. “In addition to IOSA, two other
IATA programmes have helped transform the landscape of Russian
aviation - 100% e-ticketing and the opening of IATA’s Billing and
Settlement Plan. This is a solid foundation of success. At this
time of crisis - for the global industry as well as the Russian
airlines - we have a long list of tough issues to tackle,” said
During Bisignani’s visit, he met with Russia’s
Minister of Transport, Igor Levitin, to discuss a workplan with
the Russian Ministry of Transport focused on the following areas:
Improving safety: Alongside working with IAC, IATA is
encouraging the Russian government to make IOSA a requirement for
all airlines registered in Russia.
charges in line with global standards: Russia has an international
obligation to ensure non-discrimination for infrastructure
charges. “The current discriminatory system of charges does not
comply with international standards and must change,” said Bisignani.
Bringing transparency to fuel pricing: In September
2008 the cost of fuel at Moscow’s airports was 12% higher than in
Western Europe. Following IATA’s call for greater transparency,
the gap has narrowed. “Now we must formalise the requirement for
transparency and work to find a system to ensure that fuel
uplifted for international flights meets Russia’s international
obligation to be free of VAT,” said Bisignani.
e-freight: “After achieving 100% e-ticketing, the next big
challenge is to implement e-freight. To make this a reality,
Russia must sign the Montreal Convention 99 recognising electronic
air way bills. Russia is too important to be left out of the
US$4.9 billion in benefits that e-freight will bring,” said
Finding Global Solutions for the Environment:
Russia has made tremendous progress on making air traffic more
efficient. In 2008, at total of 131 routes were optimized. Work on
a further 42 routes will take effect by the end of May. “This has
a positive impact on environmental performance. Now Russia - as a
member of the ICAO Group on International Aviation and Climate
Change - has an important responsibility in finding a global
solution for economic measures under ICAO auspices,” said Bisignani.
Moving forward with liberalisation:
“With Russia’s carriers active in seeking international
partnerships, the archaic ownership limitations of the
bilateral system are clearly visible. This crisis is an
opportunity for change and I hope that Russia will play
a leading role in allowing airlines to run their
businesses with the same freedoms that other industries
take for granted,” Bisignani explained.
Bisignani looked beyond the current
crisis to the future of Russian aviation. “Russia’s vast
geography makes aviation a critical link domestically
and internationally. Russia’s location puts it at the
crossroads of North America, Asia, Europe and The Middle
East. Russia’s seat on the ICAO Council makes it an
important player in international aviation policy.
IATA’s goal is to work with the Russian government to
ensure that this great aviation nation is fully
integrated into the global aviation system. That means
following its obligations under international law and
using global standards. The result will be a safe and
efficient air transport industry delivering enormous
economic benefits,” Bisignani said.
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