Flight safety and aviation security have always been a top priority for Aeroflot Group. The Group airlines have an integrated management system for flight safety and aviation security to ensure compliance with IOSA international standards and the Federal Aviation Rules of the Russian Federation.
The Company regularly performs risk analysis and successfully passes audits for compliance with Russian and international safety regulations. The safety level of Aeroflot flights in 2016 was 99.975%, exceeding the 99.957% target set for the reporting period and staying comfortably within the 99.900%– 100% top range.
Flight safety level of Aeroflot airline
SAFA ratio of Aeroflot airline
In 2016, the airline was audited for compliance with IOSA’s ORG (SMS) section and ISAGO’s ORM-HS (SMS) section. Following the audit, a Corrective and Preventive Action Plan was developed.
In line with the external audit plan, 2016 saw regular inspections of airport refuelling facilities by the IATA Fuel Quality Pool (IFQP).
In 2016, as part of the Safety Assessment of Foreign Aircraft (SAFA) Programme, the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) state inspectors carried out scheduled inspections of Aeroflot airline’s aircraft. For fleet safety inspections, the SAFA Programme has set up a safety ratio with the standard value of ≤ 2. In 2016, Aeroflot airline’s aircraft demonstrated a strong SAFA safety ratio of 0.45. The Company’s aircraft were recognised to be in full compliance with all the applicable safety regulations.
In 2016, Aeroflot continued to develop its IT infrastructure supporting the flight safety management system. The Company’s intranet website features a voluntary reporting system for flight safety issues encouraging active employee involvement. The airline also continued to develop its Air Accident Database, which helps to identify and minimise safety risks.
Aviation and Transportation Security
Aeroflot cooperates closely with airport security services, airlines, and law enforcement authorities to implement an action plan to maintain a high level of aviation and transportation security, passenger and staff safety.
In 2016, the Company continued to successfully operate its Automated Aviation Security Management System (AA SEMS), introduced in 2015. This system helps assess the actual status of the security system and monitor its compliance with standards provided for by the airline’s Security Programme, recommended ICAO and IATA standards, and laws of destination airport countries.
PJSC Aeroflot passes regular audits for compliance with international safety regulations. In 2016, it successfully passed an audit for compliance with the US Transportation Security Administration requirements and the АСС3 (Air Cargo or Mail Carrier operating into the Union from a Third Country Airport) validation procedure carried out by an EU validator. Following the audit, the EU validator noted Aeroflot’s high level of all stages of cargo and mail handling operations and the unique and content-rich nature of the new Aeroflot – Russian Airlines АСС3 Security Programme.
In 2016, Aeroflot airline’s experts were actively involved in improving the Russian aviation and transportation security legislation. As proposed by PJSC Aeroflot, the Russian Ministry of Transport amended its regulations covering transfer baggage, cargo and mail safety in Russian airports. As part of a working group set up by the Russian Ministry of Transport, the Company’s representatives contributed to the development of a new version of the Ministry’s decree on the procedure for air carriage of weapons. Aeroflot also continued to collaborate with its SkyTeam partners on aviation security matters. In June 2016, Aeroflot specialists attended a scheduled meeting of SkyTeam Aviation Security Functional Experts (ASFE).
In 2016, the Company continued to develop its canine service. Aeroflot’s integrated canine service is a biotech-based security solution, which ensures consistent and regular inspections of the airline’s infrastructure and vehicles. The Company’s ensures olfactory monitoring of Sheremetyevo airport facilities to detect explosives and explosive devices. Aeroflot’s experience of using specially-trained dogs as extra safety measures is completely unique in many respects and is of interest to the entire air transportation industry.
Interaction with Subsidiary Airlines
Aeroflot Group companies maintain an ongoing security information sharing. As part of its multibrand strategy, the Group will seek further integration of its subsidiary airlines in this area. In particular, the Group plans to create a shared information space to monitor the progress of aviation security efforts, and trace the security status across its base airports and route network. All necessary information will be available from the planned information system, which will be as sophisticated as the one currently used by PJSC Aeroflot.