Australia`s newest international airline has been officially cleared to take to the skies by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.
Australian Airlines has been granted an air operators certificate, which will allow it to begin flights on October 27.
The approval of an air operators certificate means Australian Airlines complies with the strict air safety rules administered by CASA.
The certificate is supported by approved manuals which set out in detail how the new airline will operate, training and checking for pilots and control of maintenance.
This comprehensive package of information will be used daily by Australian Airlines staff to ensure operations continue to meet all safety requirements. As well, it forms the starting point for regular safety checks and audits of the airline by CASA inspectors.
CASA has also conducted a `proving flight` to observe Australian Airlines pilots, cabin crew and ground staff in action and has approved key operational personnel.
CASA`s Director of Aviation Safety, Mick Toller, says obtaining an air operators certificate is never an easy task.
“CASA sets high safety standards because that`s what the Australian public demand and I`m very pleased to say Australian Airlines has met all the requirements,” Mr Toller says.
Australian Airlines Chief Executive Officer, Denis Adams, says receiving the air operators certificate was one of the most important milestones in the creation of a new airline.
“I`d like to thank everyone at CASA for assisting us in this procedure and bringing us one step closer to take-off,” Mr Adams says.
Australian Airlines staff and CASA inspectors worked for almost four months on the air operators certificate approval project.
“People at Australian Airlines designed the systems and procedures for operating their airline safely, as well as documenting all this information. A team of nine CASA inspectors then had to read through literally thousands of pages of manuals to check to see that the systems and procedures will deliver high levels of safety,” Mr Toller says.
“I particularly want to thank the CASA team, led by Graham Sparrow, for their hard work on this project.”
Australian Airlines will initially operate four 767-300 aircraft between Cairns and Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taipei.