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Air Manas passes IATA safety audit
2 March 2018

Kyrgyz airline Air Manas passed the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA).

The airline was founded in 2006 and started low cost operations in December 2009. It currently operates a Boeing 737-400 and a Boeing 737-800. Both aircraft were formerly operated by Turkish airline Pegasus, which owns 49% of Air Manas.

The IOSA programme is an evaluation system designed to assess the operational management and control systems of an airline. IOSA uses internationally recognised quality audit principles and is designed to conduct audits in a standardised and consistent manner. It was created in 2003 by IATA.  All IATA members are IOSA registered and must remain registered to maintain IATA membership.

Despite passing the IOSA audit, the airline remains on the E.U. Air Safety List, a list of airlines which are banned from operating within the European Union. Air Manas is banned, along with all other air carriers certified by the authorities with responsibility for regulatory oversight of the Kyrgyz Republic.

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