The International Air Transport Association
(IATA), the Joint Inspection Group (JIG), and Airlines for America
(A4A) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen and
promote Safety and Quality Assurance in global aviation fueling
"Maintaining the quality of the aviation fuel
supply and the supporting infrastructure and operations is vital
to the safe and efficient functioning of the air transport
industry. This MOU, covering all airport fuel storage and
handling, puts forward an industry-level program for application
of standards and a single global reference for airline
inspections. This is a great step forward in further promoting
global safety and efficiency," said Hemant Mistry, IATA’s Director
for Global Airport Infrastructure and Fuel.
Through the program IATA, JIG and A4A will seek
to encourage the gradual standardization of aviation fuel
processes by facilitating compliance with current industry
standards and best practices, and by establishing high quality
common inspection processes to ensure that the aviation fuel is
delivered clean, dry and on-specification. This is expected to
facilitate a reduction in the number of required inspections at a
given location, while increasing the scope of coverage across the
globe and the reduction of cost.
"JIG’s vision is to work with industry partners
to establish and enhance standards for the safe handling and
quality control of aviation fuels globally. By partnering with
IATA and A4A we will be able to more effectively support the
industry by strengthening the implementation of our standards and
providing a framework for the development of an industry Quality
Assurance Scheme. This will form the foundation of a global
inspection process that is supported by airlines," said John
Buxton, Chairman of the JIG Council.
A key goal for the aviation industry is
alignment of standards and best practices across different
regions. The three organizations have agreed to work together to
eliminate regional variations in this regard.
"A4A is committed to ensuring that the quality
of its members’ fuel is safeguarded throughout the supply
chain—from the refinery to when it is delivered into the aircraft.
The MOU with IATA and JIG will help achieve this. We are delighted
to be expanding our partnerships in this area and work towards
eliminating regional variations in standards in fueling," said Amy
Carico, Director Fuel Services and Technical Standards, A4A.
Thorsten Lange, Lufthansa’s Director of Fuel
Purchasing, and Chairman of IATA’s Commercial Fuel Group, said,
"I’m very pleased the three main stakeholders have been able to
reach this landmark agreement. It will help ensure the industry
maintains sufficient expert resource. The fact that all parties
agree to participate in each other’s relevant committees, and to
work on joint training and technical assistance, can only
strengthen the industry."
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