The Latvian airline airBaltic announces that during the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Wings of Change Europe 2023 event on November 14, it has joined more than 20 airlines, by signing the IATA Safety Leadership Charter. It is aimed at strengthening organizational safety culture through commitment to eight key safety leadership-guiding principles. The Charter has been developed to support industry executives in evolving a positive safety culture within their organizations.
Pauls Cālītis, Member of the Board at airBaltic: “By joining the IATA Safety Leadership Charter, airBaltic is not just making a commitment, but also confirming our on-going devotion to safety and corporate culture.
Moreover, these Charter principles perfectly align with our core values: We Deliver. We Care. We Grow. It strengthens our ongoing promise to raise the bar for safety, which is the foundation of what we do within all aspects of operations. This significant step underlines airBaltic’s commitment to the safety of our passengers and team, and highlights our role in leading the advancement of a forward-thinking safety culture. airBaltic is honored to join forces with IATA and our industry peers to ensure an even safer future in air travel."
“Leadership is the strongest factor affecting safety behavior across an organization. By signing up to the IATA Safety Leadership Charter, airBaltic is demonstrating its abiding commitment to its principles and the criticality of continuous improvement in safety,” said Willie Walsh, IATA’s Director General.
The guiding principles of the IATA Safety Leadership Charter include leading obligation to safety through words and actions; fostering safety awareness with employees, the leadership team, and the board; guiding the integration of safety into business strategies, processes, and performance measures; creating the internal capacity to proactively manage safety and collectively achieve organizational safety goals; creating an atmosphere of trust, where employees are encouraged and confident to report safety-related information; establishing a working environment in which clear expectations of acceptable and unacceptable behaviors are communicated and understood, creating an environment where all employees feel responsibility for safety; regularly assessing and improving organizational safety culture.
Wings of Change Europe by IATA is a flagship industry event in the region where aviation leaders, regulators, and subject matter experts come together to discuss air transport’s top issues and opportunities to jointly agree on future actions to better utilize air transport as an engine of economic and social development across the European region.
airBaltic operates more than 100 routes from Riga, Tallinn, Vilnius and Tampere, offering connections to a wide range of destinations in the airline's route network in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Caucasus region. A complete schedule of airBaltic flights and tickets are available on the company's homepage at www.airbaltic.com
airBaltic in brief:
airBaltic (Air Baltic Corporation AS) is a joint stock company that was established in 1995. Its primary shareholder is the Latvian state, which holds 97.97% of the stock, while the rest of the shareholders hold 2.03%. airBaltic offers connections to more than 70 destinations in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Caucasus region. Over the last 28 years airBaltic has developed as a strong and internationally respected airline, which employs more than 2 500 employees. The airBaltic fleet consists of 44 Airbus A220-300 aircraft, making it one of the youngest fleets in Europe. The airline has received several international awards for excellence, innovative services and significant achievements. Skytrax has awarded airBaltic two years in a row as the best airline in its region. Additionally, in 2022, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) awarded airBaltic the Diversity and Inclusion Team Award. In 2023 the airline received the APEX Passenger Choice Award of Best Cabin Service in Europe.
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