Volga-Dnepr Airlines, the world’s largest carrier of unique, outsize and heavyweight air cargo, has successfully renewed its IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certificate for the fifth time.

The certification audit process included compliance checks to meet 834 IOSA requirements and was conducted by representatives of Quali-audit (France). They performed a detailed review and inspection of Volga-Dnepr Airlines’ key areas of activity, including its management system, aviation security, flight operations, aircraft maintenance, cargo operations and ground handling.

IOSA registration has to be revalidated every two years. For its next audit in 2017, Volga-Dnepr and all airlines going through the process will measured against an extended list of standards introduced by IATA.

The IATA Operational Safety Audit is recognised globally as the leading industry standard for airline safety. In 2007, Volga-Dnepr Airlines was the first company in Russia and the CIS and only the second cargo airline in the world to be certified for its compliance with the then new version of IATA’s safety standards.