Air France ‘acknowledges’ 35 safety recommendations

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Air France ‘acknowledges’ 35 safety recommendations

Unread post by bimjim » Tue Jan 25, 2011 ... =nl_atw_dn

Air France ‘acknowledges’ 35 safety recommendations
By Cathy Buyck
January 25, 2011

Air France on Monday “acknowledged” 35 recommendations to improve flight safety outlined by the Independent Safety Review Team launched in the aftermath of the 2009 Airbus A330-200 crash in the Atlantic Ocean that killed 228 (ATW Daily News, Dec. 19, 2009), and said most of them will be “rapidly implemented.”

The carrier did not detail the recommendations, but noted the findings primarily concern the company’s organization, its corporate culture and the individual behavior of its staff, managers and unions.

The independent review began in December 2009, six months after the loss of AF447. The team comprised eight independent experts “chosen to combine French and Anglo-Saxon mindsets,” the carrier stated. The panel looked into all internal operating modes, decision-making processes and practices that might have an impact on the safety of AF flights. It combined a systematic viewpoint on safety with practical experience in running operations at airlines comparable in size to AF. The review ran throughout 2010.

“Air France is the only airline to have submit[ted] itself, on its sole initiative, to the opinion of a team of external experts,” AF KLM Group CEO Pierre-Henri Gourgeon stated. “By implementing their recommendations, which combine the best practices observed individually in other airlines worldwide, Air France will place its flight safety performance at the highest level possible.”

AF has already implemented preliminary recommendations of the independent safety review, such as the creation of a Flight Safety Committee within the AF board of directors, and the launch of an in-flight observations campaign and a Line Operations Safety Audit program, following the example of other airlines in the US, Asia and Australia. This is “implemented for the first time by a major European airline,” AF said.

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