Thursday, 2 August 2012

Kenya Airways partners with GHS Aviation

By Fred Maingi
GHS Aviation Group, a global aviation consulting, auditing and
training organization has partnered with Kenya Airways in Nairobi,
Kenya to establish its first regional office in Africa.

The firm, headquartered in McLean, Virginia, US, says the move is
driven by a growing demand for its services.

 “The growing demand for GHS professional services in Africa drives
the decision to have a permanent presence in the region.  In addition,
we are very fortunate to have experienced senior aviation safety
Subject Matter Experts based in Africa and are presently expanding our
team,” said Captain George Snyder, GHS Aviation Group President and
Chief Executive Officer.

 He added, “African aviation organizations such as industry-leading
Kenya Airways will now have geographically favorable access to
consulting, auditing and training services that will significantly
reduce costs and add positive business value. The dynamic nature of
the aviation industry requires continuous training for organizations
to remain safe and profitable.”

 As an accredited Audit Organization, GHS is a provider of IATA
Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) and IATA Safety Audit for Ground
Operators (ISAGO) professional services.  This precedent setting
strategic partnership between GHS Aviation and Kenya Airways fully
complements ongoing industry and government collaborations dedicated
to the continual improvement of air transportation safety levels
within Africa.

 Kenya Airways Chief Executive Dr. Titus Naikuni lauded the move by
GHS Aviation saying it the airline would benefit from GHS Aviation’s
extensive industry experience.

 “Having a consultancy business unit will enable Kenya Airways to
share its business knowledge while also improving its income flows. As
an organization that is rightly focused on training, Kenya Airways
will also enjoy the continuous learning process that is inherent in
auditing and consultancy,” said Dr Naikuni.

 “GHS and Kenya Airways partnership is set to bring into Africa the
much needed professional standards that will be catalyst for safer
African skies through tried and tested systems and products that have
worked in many parts of the world,” he explained.

 Established in 2004, GHS Aviation has a wealth of experience in
consulting, auditing and training. It provides services in Asia,
Europe, Middle East, North and South America.

 Founded 35 years ago, Kenya Airways is one on the leading players in
the airline industry and it is looked at as an African “pace setter”
in the region.

 The airline was the first sub-Saharan operator to be certified under
the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) program in 2005 and the IATA
Safety Audit for Ground Operators (ISAGO) program in 2009. It has
since maintained the certifications through a rigorous audit process
every two years.

 The airline flies to 58 destinations, 46 in Africa, 4 in Europe and 8 in Asia.

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