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Published on December 7th, 2015 | by Jim Lee

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Blue Air completes IATA Operational Safety Audit

Low cost Romanian carrier, Blue Air, which operates twice-weekly services from Dublin to Bucharest (Henri Coanda, formerly Otopeni International Airport) and Bacău, has successfully undergone an IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA), and is now IOSA registered. The IOSA programme is an internationally recognised and accepted evaluation system, designed to assess the operational management and control systems of an airline. Blue Air becomes one of only 403 IOSA registered operators worldwide and for the airline this an important achievement that differentiate them from other operators.

During the audit, which involves approximately 900 standards and recommended practices, the following areas were assessed: flight operations, operational control and flight dispatch, aircraft engineering and maintenance, cabin operations, ground handling operations, cargo operations and security management.

Blue Air (smart-flying) logoCommenting on the process, Gheorghe Racaru, General Manager Blue Air said: “We are especially pleased to be able to say that we are now IOSA Registered. The IOSA audit was a long and rewarding process that resulted in increased safety and operation alignment within our organization by applying internationally recognized and accepted standards. We will continue working to ensure operational excellence for our passengers.”

Regional Vice President Europe, Rafael Schvartzman added: “IOSA is an internationally accepted and recognized evaluation system designed to assess the operational management and control systems of an airline. IOSA registration involves a great deal of hard work and requires a significant commitment of people, time and resources. I would like to congratulate Blue Air for making that commitment and obtaining IOSA Registration.”

Blue Air was launched on 13th December 2004 and was the first Romanian airline company, with 100% private equity. It was founded with the desire to create a safe, comfortable and affordable flight alternative, offering passengers inexpensive flights to the most important destinations in Europe. The company has 750 employees and its fleet has grown to 15 Boeing 737 aircraft. A mixture of models is operated with, two 300’s (YR-BAC/F), ten 400’s YR-BAE/J/K/O/Q/R/S/T/U & Z), a 500 (YR-BAG), a 700 (YR-BMA) and an 800 (YR-BMB).

As noted above, Blue Air is serving Bucharest and Bacău from Dublin at twice-weekly frequencies over the winter, the same as last winter and over the summer. Timings are slightly different than from the summer. The Bucharest service operates on Tuesday and Saturday, as the OB155/6, arriving in Dublin at 10:55 and departing at 11:45. Bacău, which is in the north east of the country, is served on Monday night/Tuesday morning and on Friday night/ Saturday morning, arriving in Dublin at 23:45 and departing at 00:30 as the OB255/6.

Blue Air 737 YR-BAG (IMG1787 JL)

Blue Air 737 YR-BAG

For summer 2016, Blue Air will add a Cluj – Dublin service, commencing on 1st June 2016. Cluj is in the northern part of the country, around 200 miles North West of Bucharest and will also be served twice weekly.

On 3rd December, the airline launched ‘Destination of the day’, a promotion where every day a different Blue Air destination is on sale through their Facebook page and on Twitter. The offers are valid until 29th October 2016.

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Jim has had a life-long interest in military matters and aviation. Initially, he fused both of these interests together with a passion for military aviation, initially as a photographer. He has travelled extensively over the years and has been the guest of many European air forces, plus the air forces of the United States, Russia and others throughout the world. His first introduction to journalism coincided with an interest in the civil aviation industry was when he initially wrote for and later edited, ‘Aviation Ireland’, the club magazine of the Aviation Society of Ireland. Jim was a contributor to Flying in Ireland since its inception over 10 years ago and is now a key contributor to this site. He has also contributed items for a number of other aviation magazines and has produced a number of detailed contributions to Government policy documents, most recently the Irish Government’s White Paper on Defence. He is also deeply involved in the local community and voluntary sector and has worked both in local government and central government.



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