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Jazz Aviation’s achievements celebrated with new Innovation in Aviation Safety Management Award

Canadian airline, Jazz Aviation, has been selected as the winner of the first Innovation in Safety Management Award. The award was presented at the gala dinner that followed the first day of the third European Safety Symposium hosted by Baines Simmons at the London Heathrow Marriott Hotel on 15 May 2012.

Jazz Aviation was selected from a strong field of inspiring finalists that spanned a wide spectrum of aviation organisations from both civilian and military sectors. The airline’s selection for the award was attributed to its success at integrating several existing systems into one safety and business management system.

Jazz Aviation, has been selected as the winner of the first Innovation in Safety Management Award

David Deveau, Vice President Safety, Quality and Environment, Jazz Aviation (left) accepts the Innovation in Aviation Safety Management Award from David Learmount

The judges’ statement on selecting the winner was: “The Jazz entry stood out for its evidence of integrating SMS across aviation safety, quality, health and safety and business. The company demonstrated an excellent reporting culture with high reporting levels and report quality. The airline has shown innovation through the merger of multiple reporting and management systems and so achieved a 50 per cent reduction in database running costs. There was sound evidence of the integration of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) in the approach to business management. The return on investment from the company’s safety management systems was evident in the reduction of time lost to injury and ground damage.”

Accepting the award on behalf of Jazz was David Deveau, Vice President of Safety, Quality and Environment.

“We are thrilled to be recognized for our deeply entrenched safety culture,” said Mr Deveau. “Safety is our top priority at Jazz. To see our organization receive such a high honour for innovation in what we view as a daily focus makes us incredibly proud.
“Anytime aviation safety is recognized, we all win,’
he continued. ‘We believe it is important to treat safety with the same reverence as we do financial innovation or progress in other business realms. The conference is important in that regard, but the award is somewhat unique and as such has introduced a new value…I would love to see more organizations competing for such recognition, I think it would be very healthy.”

Jazz Aviation is one of the largest regional airlines in the world, serving 84 destinations across Canada and the United States of America. The company employs more than 5,000 individuals, operates 800 flights per day and carried more than nine million passengers in 2011. It takes pride in an enviable safety record and credits this achievement to the airline’s safety management system alongside its close relationship with Transport Canada and the aviation industry and its registration with the stringent Air Transport Association’s Operational Safety Audit.

Two entries were also highly commended by the judges. The Flight Safety Department at RAF Brize Norton for demonstrating practical application of dynamic risk assessment and Titan Airways for an innovative and intellectual approach to measuring and driving cultural change and risk awareness. The four additional finalists that also impressed the judging panel were easyJet, represented by Dave Prior, Director of Safety and Security and the Operations Risk Department; Manchester Airports Group; Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) and the UK CAA, represented by Giles Porter, Head of Flight Operations Inspectorate 2.

“We are delighted to have witnessed the enthusiasm in the industry prompted by this award. We believe it is important that we share accomplishments, celebrate success and give recognition to those organisations leading the field in aviation safety management,” says Ronnie Smith, chair of the judging panel for the Innovation in Aviation Safety Management Awards and an SMS lead Consultant at Baines Simmons. “The innovative approaches demonstrated in the entries of all seven finalists clearly validate the interdependent relationships between the effective application of safety management systems and improved business performance and profitability.”

The wholly independent experts on the panel adjudicating the award were invited based on their personal expertise in safety and not as representatives of the companies or organisations to which they belong. They were: Air Marshal T M (Timo) Anderson, Director General of the Military Aviation Authority (MAA); Dr Steve Bond, Programme Director of City University London; Mr Mick Skinner, Coordinator for UK-MEMS Group – CHIRP and UK Confidential Reporting Programme for Aviation and Marine; Mr Philip Sleight, Principal Inspector of Air Accidents for the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) and Mr Jari Nisula, Training and Flight Operations Support at Airbus.

Baines Simmons is recognised as an international market leader in the integration of safety performance management, specialising in securing organisation-wide cultural engagement for effective and sustainable world class SMS. It operates as a trusted partner to more than 350 of the world’s leading civil and military aviation organisations in 40 countries, including the Ministry of Defence. The company has well-established links with more than 30 regulators worldwide, including the UK CAA and EASA.

For further media information, please contact:
Sarah Birkmyre
Communications Manager
Baines Simmons
Tel: +44 7786 433767
Email: sarah.birkmyre@bainessimmons.com