Avior Airlines- IATA YES; EU NO on safety-CHANGE?

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Blacklisted Avior Airlines passes IATA safety audit

IATA says OK

EU says NO

FAA and ICAO audit Country airlines– both say Venezuela OK


Avior is a Venezuelan airline. It was founded in 1994 and currently has a fleet of five Boeing 737-200; eight Boeing 737-400; and one Airbus A340-300 aircraft.

On 30 November 2017 Avior was added to the List of air carriers banned in the European Union, stating that, at the time there was “clear evidence of serious safety deficiencies on the part of Avior Airlines.”

The IOSA program is an evaluation system designed to assess the operational management and control systems of an airline. IOSA uses internationally recognized quality audit principles and is designed to conduct audits in a standardized and consistent manner. It was created in 2003 by IATA.  All IATA members are IOSA registered and must remain registered to maintain IATA membership.

It is bewildering an international trade association, the International Air Transportation Association (IATA) and the European Union’s Aviation Banned Air Safety Carrier List  both examine an airline Avior Airlines of Venezuela. Both organizations audit international airlines to determine the carrier’s safety of airlines.

The IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) Program is an internationally recognized and accepted evaluation system designed to assess the operational management and control systems of an airline. The IOSA audit creates a standard that is comparable on a world-wide basis, enabling and maximizing the joint use of audit reports. This has saved the industry over 6400 redundant audits and continues to lead to extensive cost-savings for IOSA participating airlines.

The IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) found the 35 aircraft to have acceptable safety standards and thus eligible to join the prestigious organization. (The audit’s specifics are not available to the public.)






The European Union’s audit of the airline found:

Even though the airline doesn’t have active European destinations on its network, the European Commission said Avior Airlines was banned because of “unaddressed safety deficiencies” identified during the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) third-country operator (TCO) audit.

“Our objective is to offer the highest level of safety in European skies. The EU’s Air Safety List remains one of our most effective tools to achieve this,” EU transport commissioner Violeta Bulc said.





ICAO’s USOAP and the FAA’s IASA examine the standards of the civil aviation authorities, not the airlines. BOTH AUDITS FIND VENEZEULA TO MEET INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS.

⇒The multiplicity of audits of Civil Aviation Authorities by EASA, the FAA and ICAO seems redundant and burdensome.

If the three sovereign-to-sovereign audits are incompetent, then the IOSA and EU TCO are absolutely necessary.

⇒If these reviews by CAAs (and ICAO) of other CAAs are reliable, then these audits of airlines seem superfluous!


The EASA, ICAO and FAA audits triplicate the assessments and place unnecessary burdens on the countries.

Why not consolidate all of these reviews of CAAs and airlines into single audits of country and carrier? The conflict between the IATA and the EU shows that the results are not consistent.

Why not aggregate the country assessment with the airline reviews for a more systematic picture of aviation safety?

Why not use trained consultants who are there not just to find fault, but to help remediate any shortcomings?

“Aviation Safety Enhancement Consultant Team”?






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