NEW DELHI–Air India on Sunday said it has cleared the enhanced operational safety audit carried out by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) with an extended validation of up to two years.

“Air India has become the first airline in the country to clear the Enhanced IOSA (E-IATA Operational Safety Audit), with an extended validation till January 2018,” the national carrier said in a statement here.

Air IndiaRecently, it had become the first airline to get the IOSA certification, it added.

The IATA Board of Governors had, in June 2013, mandated the enhanced IOSA process for all registration renewal audits, taking place in or after September 2015.

Air India said it has established a cohesive and integrated corporate safety and quality management system, besides the flight safety department, to constantly monitor, review and address safety issues.

Through an Open Reporting System, employees are encouraged to report any safety concern proactively, which can be acted upon by recommended preventive and corrective action, Air India said.

There are increased safety spot checks being done to capture the frontline issues, the statement said.

Air India is also the first and only airline in the country to obtain the IATA Safety Audit of Ground Operations.

Besides, its engineering and ground-handling subsidiaries — AIATSL and AI SATS — have also obtained the ISAG station certifications, the statement added.