IATA has urged aviation stakeholders to follow
global standards and make greater use of operational data in order
to safely accommodate an additional 3.8 billion air travelers by
Speaking at the Safety and Flight Operations
Conference, IATA’s Director General and CEO, Alexandre de Juniac,
said, "Over the next 20 years, we expect to see a near doubling of
passengers from the approximately 4 billion who traveled in 2017.
Managing this growth, while making aviation even safer than it
already is, will be a massive undertaking."
noted that 2017 was a very strong year for safety. There were no
fatal accidents involving jet passenger aircraft and the fatal
accident rate was 0.14 per million flights - the equivalent of one
fatal accident for every 6.7 million flights - according, to IATA’s
just released 2017 Safety Report.
"If we look at it another way - using fatality risk, on
average, a person would have to travel by air every day for 6,033
years before experiencing an accident in which at least one
passenger was killed. Yet we still have accidents, so we know
there is room for improvement. Each fatality is a tragedy. And
that rededicates everyone in the aviation industry to our common
goal of having every flight take-off and land safely," said de Juniac.
Global standards and best
practices are vital to sustaining safety improvements. This is
demonstrated by the performance of airlines on the IATA
Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) registry.
"Now in its fifteenth
year, IOSA is the recognized global standard for operational
safety. Over the last five years, the accident rate for airlines
on the IOSA registry has been nearly three times better than for
non-IOSA airlines," said de Juniac.
To ensure that IOSA
delivers even greater value in the future, it is undergoing a
digital transformation. Introducing automated advanced business
analytics to the IOSA process will enable better management of
resources, the ability to measure the effectiveness of standards,
and an enhanced level of quality assurance. Digital transformation
also will enable more seamless interaction on industry safety
initiatives, standards and operational practices, as well as
the number of accidents declines, future safety advances primarily
will lie in achieving a better understanding of what happens in
the more than 100,000 flights operating safely every day, through
analysis of flight information and other data resources. IATA’s Global Aviation Data Management initiative is a crucial part of
this effort. The GADM program now includes information from over
470 different organizations. Over 90% of IATA members are
contributing to at least one of the GADM databases," said de Juniac.
In a related initiative, IATA and the Civil
Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) recently signed a
Memorandum of Collaboration to establish a Safety Predictive
Analytics Research Center in Singapore (SPARC).
leverage operational safety information from GADM to assess
potential hazards and identify safety risks. End users across the
aviation community can then work collaboratively at the system
level to address and implement appropriate safety measures to
mitigate the risks, or even to prevent the occurrences of safety
De Juniac also said that IATA is developing a
global database of turbulence reports to provide airlines with an
enhanced situational awareness tool. "When our innovative
turbulence data repository is operational early next year we
expect to see a significant decrease in turbulence-related